Sokli Oy is a project company wholly owned by Finnish Minerals Group, whose mission is to responsibly maximize the value of Finnish minerals. In December 2020, Finnish Minerals Group Oy acquired the rights related to the Sokli mining project located in Savukoski in Northern Finland.
The Sokli phosphate deposit was discovered in 1967 and has been studied ever since. The phosphorus contained in phosphate is an important raw material for fertilizer in agriculture, and it is also used as a raw material in the battery industry. In addition to phosphate, the Sokli deposit contains several raw materials needed for the green transition. Sokli’s new mining district is about 5,900 hectares after the ongoing mining district delivery is completed.
The preliminary survey of the Sokli mining project was completed at the end of 2022. The results of the survey show that in addition to phosphate and iron, Sokli could produce e.g. rare earth elements (REE), which are essential in the transition to renewable energy. Sokli could produce at least 10% of the amount of rare earth elements needed in Europe to manufacture permanent magnets each year. This amount would cover the permanent magnet need for 1,500 industrial wind turbines or 2 million electric cars. In addition, more than 20% of Europe’s annual phosphate need could be obtained from Sokl. Sokli’s phosphate could be used to make fertilizers that would ensure food production for more than 60 million people. However, only a small part of the mineral potential has been explored.
The Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) granted an environmental and water management permit to carry out mining and beneficiation operations in Sokl in 2018. In March 2022, the Supreme Administrative Court returned the permit for processing by the Regional Administration Agency. The situation has changed from the plans approved in 2018, and as a result of the preliminary survey, issues have been identified that still require further studies. Sokli Oy canceled the permit process pending at the Regional Administration Agency in February 2023. If further investigations confirm the conclusions of the preliminary investigation, and the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and permitting processes could be started after them, the construction of the mine’s infrastructure could begin in the early 2030s.
Sokli Oy does not conduct ore exploration outside the area of the mining district.
|Location in a nature reserve*|
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|Environmental impact assessment required (in accordance with the EIA Act)|
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|Deviations from the environmental permit ***|
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|Plan for controlled mine closure in unexpected situations|
Compensation applications are being processed in connection with the “lettorikko” (Saxifraga hirculus) and the “laaksoarho” (Moehringia lateriflora). Several nature surveys have carried out by the company.
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When possible, local service providers are taken into account in procurement.
The effects on reindeer husbandry, waterbodies, fish stocks and nature tourism are taken into account in the planning of mining operations.
The mine would bring new jobs to Savukoski and northern Finland, and the operation would be reflected in the demand for services both locally and more widely. According to preliminary estimates, mining and beneficiation offers 300 direct jobs, and in addition to this, approx. 330 jobs would be created indirectly in the Eastern Lapland region and 1,500 people in the whole of Finland.
Hunting, fishing, berry picking and mushroom picking are practiced in Sokli and its surrounding area. So far, hunting and fishing or other nature-related activities have not been restricted by the company.
Metsähallitus is the largest land owner in the area, and Sokli Oy does not prevent the recreational use of the mining district area in the current development phase of the project. The proximity of existing trenches and buildings limits recreational use locally, as well as the explorations carried out in the area from time to time.
Sokli Oy has renovated and demolished the buildings in the area and the area has been cleaned.
For Finnish Minerals Group and Sokli Oy, a functional dialogue with the residents of Savukoski, decision-makers and the local councils of the Sokli area of influence is very important. We actively participate in the wider mining industry discussion and communicate our work at local events and through our website. You can give feedback via the feedback form, which is saved in our electronic processing system.
Sokli Oy is a company from Savukoski. We regularly organize discussion events at our Savukoski office, where anyone interested can come and talk to us and hear about current issues related to Sokli.
Our electronic newsletter comes out about once a month, and through it everyone who is interested can get current information about Sokli. Sokl’s newsletter can be ordered at: sokliuutiskirje.mineralsgroup.fi.
Sokli Oy is doing extensive exploration and development work related to the project to explore the entire mineral potential.