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Daily Archives: 5. March 2008 − News & Stories

Plans about new coal mine

SNSK (Store Nor­ske Spits­ber­gen Kull­kom­pa­ni, the Nor­we­gi­an mining com­pa­ny) has announ­ced to open a new coal mine at Lunck­ef­jel­let in 2013. Lunck­ef­jel­let is bet­ween Sveagru­va and Reinda­len in Nor­dens­kiöld Land. Lunck­ef­jel­let is sup­po­sed to have explo­ita­ble coal seams with a thic­kness of around 2 metres, total­ling to appro­xi­mate­ly 10 mil­li­on tons.

Explo­ra­ti­on dril­lings have also been car­ri­ed out recent­ly in Cole­s­da­len (sou­thwest of Lon­gye­ar­by­en), alt­hough without eco­no­mi­c­al­ly signi­fi­cant results so far. Plans for fur­ther inves­ti­ga­ti­ons in Nathorst Land (bet­ween Van Mijen­fjord and Van Keu­len­fjord) have been announ­ced.

2007 was the most pro­duc­ti­ve year in SNSK’s histo­ry until now. More than 4 mil­li­on tons of coal have been mined in Sveagru­va (near-by Sen­tral­fel­tet, to be accu­ra­te); in addi­ti­on come almost 80,000 tons from gruve 7 near Lon­gye­ar­by­en. In 2006, the pro­duc­tion was 3,6 mil­li­on tons, 70 % of which were sold to Ger­ma­ny (main cus­to­mers: Eon (electri­ci­ty) and steel pro­duc­tion).

The pro­ject is not undis­pu­ted. Cri­ti­cism inclu­des inter­fe­rence with the untouched envi­ron­ment: amongst others, the mine requi­res a road to be built across a gla­cier. Also, envi­ron­men­ta­lists accu­se the Nor­we­gi­an government to app­ly dif­fe­rent stan­dards to the sta­te-owned SNSK than is gene­ral­ly com­mu­ni­ca­ted to the inter­na­tio­nal public. Oslo pro­mo­tes cli­ma­te-friend­ly pro­ce­du­res both for the main­land and for Sval­bard.

The posi­ti­on of the envi­sa­ged mine at Lunck­ef­jel­let.

For more infor­ma­ti­on, see: Store Nor­ske Spits­ber­gen Kull­kom­pa­ni (news­let­ter “bedrifts­nytt”)


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