SPEAKERS JANUARY 29
PLENARY SESSION I – STRATEGIC OVERVIEW ON BATTERY MINERALS: THE KEY TO FUTURE
SUSTAINABLE NORDIC PROSPERITY
Northvolt is a company that is building Europe’s largest battery manufacturing plant. Peter has worked in executive roles for more than 20 years in Automotive, Cleantech, Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics and Semiconductor industries. His operations and supply chain focused roles have managed global organizations in Europe, US and Asia. Peter is an entreprenuer, angel investor and advisor.
Europe’s battery ecosystem: What does a shift in production from Asia, mean for the lithium-ion battery industry supply chain and raw materials in Europe
As European automotive OEMs announce their short- and long- term electrification plans, their chosen dominantly Asian cell suppliers are bringing cell and pack manufacturing plants to Europe to link into the existing automotive just-in-time platform. Plants opening, projects underway, and investments announced by CATL, LG Chem, Samsung SDI, SK Innovation, A123, Northvolt and others in Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Sweden show how quickly Europe’s battery ecosystem is developing.
Movement by the suppliers of active and passive components to these cell and pack manufacturers, which are also largely Asian-based, lags their customers, but plans are starting to be made, with e.g. Umicore establishing large-scale cathode production in Poland from 2020. More developments are likely to be announced, but on a longer time horizon. Will local battery raw material supply, which is not as Asia-concentrated but certainly also not Europe-concentrated either, be the final cog in the wheel to create a true European battery eco-system? Robert will talk about the evolving European supply chain ecosystem for batteries and the plans and opportunities for European and specifically Nordic raw material supply, in the context of geological, economic and other constraints, and the appetite of downstream consumers for provenance over price which may ultimately be the determining factor.
Director, Operations, Roskill Information Services Ltd.
Alison Saxby has 30 years’ experience of researching industrial mineral markets and supply developments. She graduated from Leeds University with a B.Eng (Hons) and is a Member of the IMMM.
Alison is a Director of Roskill Information Ltd. and Manager of Industrial Minerals Research. Alison has undertaken many market research consultancy studies for leading corporate clients including vendor due diligence involving talc and magnesia, and recently market studies on fluorspar, graphite, iodine, potassium salts and zirconia. She is a regular speaker at international conferences on various aspects of the industry minerals industry.
Responsibly maximizing the value of Finnish minerals
Finnish Minerals Group manages Finnish Government’s holdings in mining sector, develops effective EV battery value chain and practices strategic R&D projects. It is the parent company of Terrafame Oy that produces nickel, zinc and cobalt in its multi metal mine and metals production plant in Sotkamo. Terrafame will commence the production of nickel and cobalt sulfate for EVB value chain in the near future. Finnish Minerals Group’s other holdings include minority ownerships in lithium project Keliber, vanadium recycling project Ferrovan and in Sotkamo Silver.
CEO, Finnish Minerals Group
Mr. Matti Hietanen is CEO of Finnish Minerals Group and vice chairman of the board of Terrafame Oy. Mr. Hietanen is also vice chairman of the board of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Oy which is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe. Prior to his career in metals and mining Mr. Hietanen worked as a civil servant in the ministry of economic affairs as well as in other ministries.
Outotec – Leading the way towards sustainable production of battery metals
Outotec is actively involved in developing solutions for battery metals production in the Nordic countries as well as globally. Outotec’s technology offering in the battery value chain spreads from minerals processing and battery metals and chemical production up to the sustainable recycle of the used battery raw materials. As an example, Outotec is delivering the main processing technologies for lithium beneficiation plant in Brazil and is developing together with several customers the further treatment of lithium concentrates into battery grade materials with our novel alkaline leaching process.
President Market Areas – Europe & North Africa, Outotec
Alex is head of Europe & North Africa market area at Outotec. He leads, develops, and implements the Outotec strategy in the market area managing all Outotec activities from sales and delivery to services. Alex has a M.Sc. in Metallurgy from Helsinki University of Technology. He has had different management roles in Outotec. He has traveled extensively all over the world to help customers with all kinds of challenges and projects and has worked in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Super Batteries: Value added graphite opportunities in Norrbotten
Sweden has the opportunity to play a notable role in the sustainable supply of innovation critical minerals as well as in the downstream value-chains that they support. Through vertical integration and in house technology, Talga has demonstrated new and value added products made from our unique and high-grade graphite resources in Norrbotten. The products include formulated graphene additives for global scale industrial applications and high performance Lithium-ion battery anodes that could supply the rapidly growing chain of European battery mega factories.
General manager Talga Graphene
Anna has a Master of Science in environmental engineering from Luleå University of Technology. She has been working with public affairs and strategic planning for the steel and metals industry in different positions for more than 15 years. She has been working for the Swedish and the European steel federations, mainly with environmental issues, in Stockholm and in Brussels and she has been Head of Business development and research support at an industry owned metallurgical research institute Swerea MEFOS, in Luleå. Before joining Talga Graphene she was Program Director of the national strategic innovation program for the Swedish mining and metal producing industry, SIP STRIM.
Director of Trade and Business Development at Skellefteå Municipality
Robotics in Mining
Robots and Robotics are changing the future of work in the mining industry. It will not only impact the way miners work and operate but also impact safety and productivity. Mining has several instances where such technologies can be used for autonomous operations.
Global Product Manager Mine Automation, ABB
Jan Nyqvist is currently Global Product Manager Mine Automation in ABB. He joined ABB in 1990 and has mainly worked with research serving several of ABB market segments. For the, last ten years, he has focused in the mining industry, developing automation solutions.
PLENARY SESSION II – ”THE INVESTORS APPROACH TO NORDIC MINING”
Serial entrepreneur and investor, Walerud Ventures
Jane is a serial entrepreneur who knows something about IT, telecom, and AI, but not much about mining. She is also a private investor with over 60% annual return on her very early stage startup investments, including Klarna and Lensway, since 2002.
Jane is the Chair of Graphmatech, a functionalized graphene startup in Uppsala. Graphmatech and Leading Edge Materials are in a joint venture to produce graphene from the graphite in Woxna mine.
Jane has an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology, a Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), and a BA from Stanford University.
Mr. Mauri Visuri serves as a CEO of Teknoventure Oy and is one of its main shareholders. He has over 30 years of experience from managerial positions, balance and financial arrangements and different aspects of mining and metals industry. He has lead numerous M&A and capital raising engagements and has served as in the board in tens of companies, including as a chairman of the board at Kalvinit Oy (present day Endomines AB) and currently as a chairman of the board at Sotkamo Silver AB (listed).
Senior Advisor Stockholm Corpoarate Finance
Studied at Stockholm School of Economics. Active in the stock-, venture- and Private Equity capital markets since 1972, at Öhman (today Pareto), Affärsvärlden, Investment AB Beijer, ABB Aros, Servisen. The last 10+ years at Stockholm Corporate Finance.
Equity issues in the mining and minerals area: Riddarhytan Resources (today Agnico Eagle Kittilä mine), Sotkamo Silver, Kopy Goldfields, Nordic Iron Ore, to name a few examples.
X-MINE Project – Real-time Mineral X-Ray Analysis for Efficient and Sustainable Mining
The H2020-funded X-MINE Project supports better and more efficient exploration and resource characterisation, estimation and ore extraction in existing mining operations. The project implements large-scale demonstrators of novel sensing technologies based on XRF- and XRT-technologies applied to penetrative scanning of exploration drill core, 3D vision and integration with mineral sorting equipment and mine planning software systems. The technologies are being demonstrated for different target minerals (Zn/Pb/Ag and Cu/Au) in four existing mining operations in Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. XRF drill core scanners are now operating at Lovisagruvan in Sweden and at Hellas Gold mine in Greece, later at Assarel Medet in Bulgaria and on material from Hellenic Copper Mines, Cyprus. During 2019 – 2020, new sorting equipment utilising the new technologies will be demonstrated on ore and waste rock at each of the participating mines.
PhD Environmental Science, Geochemist
Dr. Lotta Sartz is a geochemist specialized in technologies for treatment of mining waste. Lotta works at Bergskraft Bergslagen AB as an environmental consultant and project coordinator and at Örebro University with research and teaching in chemistry. Since 2017 she is also General Secretary of the International Mine Water Association (IMWA), with approximately 600 members all over the world.
TRACK 1 - NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND REVOLUTIONIZING MINING - SIMS SUSTAINABLE INTELLIGENT MINING SYSTEMS
SIMS: World Class Demonstrations
Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems is a 3 year EU Horizon 2020 funded demonstrator project with 13 Partners which focuses on Safe Underground Mine Automation. To be completed by April 2020, SIMS will produce a number of demonstrations, ranging from Battery Mining Machines to Underground 5G Communications to Improvements in Rock Bolting.
Senior Project Manager: Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems (SIMS), Epiroc Rock Drills AB
Morgan is an employee of Epiroc Rock Drills AB with a M. Sc. in Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering with a focus on Mobile Robotics. He has over 10 years of experience in R&D and R&D project management. Morgan is currently the Senior Project Manager for the SIMS Project (Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems) which runs from May 2017 to April 2020.
Project Manager, Epiroc Rock Drills AB
Jan is an employee of Epiroc Rock Drills AB and Leader of the Battery Mining Machines work package in the SIMS project. With over 20 years’ experience in R&D project management and a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jan is making sure WP 6 is running smoothly and delivered on time. Recently, all 3 Battery Mining Machines were delivered according to the SIMS schedule.
Project Manager, Mobilaris Mining & Civil Engineering
Jenny has experience in solutions engineering and business development. M. Sc. in Sustainable Energy Engineering. She has over 15 years of experience in technical project management. She has worked closely with mining companies regarding the implementation of digital solutions aimed at increasing production and safety. Jenny plays an integral part of new feature design and definition of customer use cases which is highly valuable in her role within SIMS.
5G in Underground Mining and the Vitality and Effiiciency of Underground Communication to Future Autonomous Mining Machines.
Research Leader, Ericsson
Sven-Olof Jonsson is a research leader at Ericsson with focus on radio network performance. He received his M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering from Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, in 1988. He was a researcher in Ericsson from 1988 to 1997, and since 1997 he has had leading roles in Ericsson Research, all in the area of radio resource management and radio network performance for 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G systems and related technologies. Since 2015 he has been working on industry grade cellular standards based connectivity in mining. He will present on SIMS 5G in Underground Mining and how vital efficient and robust underground communication to safe and future autonomous mining machines.
TRACK 2 - LAND USE ISSUES, AVAILABILITY OF LAND AND LAND USE PLANNING
MinLand project - Acces to land a key issue for mining
Competition about use of land is fierce within Europe. Currently, the need for metals, construction raw materials and industrial minerals is increasing. Therefore, there is a large need for access to land for exploration and extraction of mineral raw materials. Since land use is not always well sycnronized when it comes to extration of minerals EU has recognised the need for exploring good practices for sharing between the EU member states for guidelines regarding how to reach a system where land is not sterilised and a harmonised land use and mineral policy strategy that will allow extraction of metals, construction and instrustrial mineral within Europe. In a global context we are also obliged to take a shared burden of extraction and not only consumption.
The H2020 project MinLand therefore deals with:
- Establishing a data base regarding legislation and policy regarding minerals land use and general land use
- Analyse different land use cases of mineral exploration and extraction
- Develop a guideline regarding succeful process of exploration and extraction with focus upon a optimised and sustainable land use process and mineral extraction
- The guide line will focus upon good case examples
Ronald Arvidsson has since 2012 been active at the Geological Survey of Sweden as a geophysicist, 2013-2014 Head of SGU’s division Mineral Information in Malå. Last few years participating in EU projects and since one year as coordinator for the MinLand project. Before this he was scientific lead in establishing a geological base model for a seismic hazard model for Europe. Other expertise involve EIA and expert support to Östahmmars Municipality regarding establishment of a Nuclear Waste facility in Sweden. The early career involve research in geophysics and seismology with postdoctoral research in Boston and Bergen.
Mineral extraction in Swedish Sápmi: How to navigate the governance gap between Indigenous rights and national permit practices
A socio-legal analysis of the Swedish Minerals Act, Environmental Code and the practices of the permit authorities demonstrates aweak recognition of Sámi rights in the licensing system for new mines. This governance gap is due to lack of adequate regulations as well as poor implementation of existing ones in terms of (1) assessing the full impacts on reindeer herding, (2) balancing conflicting public interests, and (3) ensuring adequate consultations procedures. A key challenge for the mining industry is to navigate this governance gap in a way that would demonstrate its commitment to respecting the rights of the Sámi as an Indigenous people.
Associate professor, Swedish university of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Associate professor Kaisa Raitio, SLU, holds a PhD in political science and has 20 years of extensive research experience in the field of natural resource politics and Sámi rights in Sweden and Finland. She currently leads two large research projects related to dialogue, conflict management, impact assessment and indigenous rights that combine the analysis of macro-level regulations with the politics of everyday planning practice. Kaisa conducts her research in productive collaboration with public agencies, affected Sámi reindeer herding communities, and corporations to ensure high relevance and applicability of the research results.
Reindeers in the Goldland
Jan Rannerud, Reindeer Herder and member of the Sami parliament
Jan Rannerud is a reindeer herder in the Mausjaur herding district in the county of Västerbotten in northern Sweden. He is responsible for his family’s reindeer. He is also a member of the Sami parliament in Sweden. During this term of office he is a member of the board, and as such responsible for Issues concerning the Sami business sector.
Mapping diverse knowledges relating to the impacts of mining and its mitigation measures in boreal and Arctic regions
As mining in the Arctic increases, there is an urgent need to assess social and environmental impacts as well as mitigate negative impacts. This project will develop a multiple evidence base methodology combining systematic review approaches with mapping of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), applying this approach in a case study of the impacts of metal mining (iron, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, gold, silver, molybdenum) in Arctic and boreal systems. This project develops a co-synthesis methodology to concurrently map research evidence, proposed impacts in environmental and social impact assessments (EIAs/SIAs), and ILK co-produced with Sami communities in Sweden.
Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
Neal researches evidence synthesis methodology and conducts systematic reviews and maps of the literature across a range of environmental management and development topics. Neal works with researchers, policy-makers, and stakeholders to inform decision-making on environmental topics. His main research interests focus on improving the transparency, efficiency and reliability of evidence synthesis as a methodology and supporting evidence synthesis in resource constrained contexts. Neal will talk about mapping diverse knowledge streams relating to the impacts of mining and its mitigation measures in Boreal and Arctic regions.
Kerstin Brinnen is legal counsel at Svemin, the Swedish Mining Association, since 2013. The main areas of her work cover land use issues in broad terms for the mining industry and also permitting issues according to the Environmental Code and the Minerals Act. Kerstin is managing Svemin’s engagement in FAMMP, the Fennoscandian Association for Minerals and Metals Professionals, and also introduction of the PERC-standard for public reporting by Svemin’s member companies of exploration results, mineral resources and mineral reserves. Before Svemin, Kerstin worked as a lawyer with specialty in Environmental law. Kerstin holds a Master of Laws from Stockholm University, where she also studied geoscience.
Lennart Gustavsson has extensive experience of working in politics. He has been involved in Swedish politics at the local, regional and national level for almost 25 years. He was a member of parliament from 1998 to 2006, during which time he was also a member of the Nordic Council. He has been the chairman for GEORANGE for 15 years (until 2018). From January 1st 2019 he is the municipal commissioner i Malå
CASE STUDIES: NORDIC JUNIOR AND EXPLORATION COMPANIES - FUTURE CHALLENGES
Kaunis Iron - A local mine with a world class product
Kaunis Iron is a new company that, with a strong local commitment, has resumed production in the iron ore mine in Pajala during 2018. The company is owned by 80 primarily Swedish entrepreneurs that have invested 540 million SEK into the project. Kaunis Iron has a strong ambition to create as much value as possible locally for Pajala and Norrbotten. Through a strong demand, a sustainable and competitive product with favourable environmental properties and a working world-class facility, the goal is an annual production of 2 million ton of concentrate.
Site Manager, Kaunis Iron
Åsa Allan is the site manager of the Iron Ore mine in Kaunisvaara, Pajala, northern Sweden. She holds a MSc degree in geology and mineralogy from the Åbo Academy University in Finland (2001) and a PhD in Ore Geology from Luleå University of Technology in Sweden (2007), where her research focussed on the genetic relationship between magnetite and copper-gold ores. Thereafter, Åsa has worked as a consultant and manager, mine planning manager and, between 2015 to 2017, as the municipal manager of the municipality of Pajala. Since November 2017, she is the site manager for Kaunis Iron.
Hannukainen Mining: Toward sustainable Iron-Copper-Gold Mine in Lapland
What challenges/advances do you have, when the mining project is situated in an old mining area? How does it help when the owner of the Project is a contractor in mining business? How to manage requisite water treatment plant capacity? How to reduce the carbon footprint?
Manager, Hannukainen Mining
Jaana Koivumaa is the Manager of Hannukainen Mining. Jaana is a Civil Engineer with a M.Sc. in Water- and Environmental Management. She has strong experience within the Finnish Mining Sector as an consultant in EIA, permission, environmental monitoring and management issues. As a Manager, Jaana sets Environmental and Manager Policy. Working closely with local communities, people and government, Jaana manages her team and consultants and ensures that environmental criteria and companies' policies are integrated into the design of the project.
Woxna Graphite - A 20th Century Mine Delivering 21st Century Materials
CEO, Leading Edge
Mr, Mark Saxon, B.Sc. (Hons 1st) GDipAppFin, FAusIMM, MAIG brings 25 years of experience as a geologist and explorer, with a decade long focus on critical raw materials in Europe. He established the foundations of his career with a major Australian mining house, before progressing into junior markets as the co-founder of a number of successful Nordic focused explorers. As CEO of Tasman Metals Ltd, he lead the team that showed the Norra Kärr project in Sweden to be one of the major global deposits for rare earth elements, zirconium, hafnium and niobium. Mr. Saxon was founding Vice President of the Critical Raw Materials Alliance in Brussels, a participant in the recently formed EU Battery Alliance, and a Director of battery materials company Leading Edge Materials (TSX.v:LEM).
A new climate neutral Swedish gold mine
Botnia Exploration is in the process of getting an environmental permit for its high gold grade deposit Fäbodtjärn. The company’s ambition is to develop a climate neutral gold mine with the use of climate smart technology available today.
CEO, Botania Exploration
Thomas Ljung, CEO. Thomas has worked with Botnia Exploration since 2010 when the company became a publicly listed company. The company has since then developed from being a junior exploration company into being the next company in line to open a mine in Sweden.