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Anglo American invests in Sanergy, a pioneering organic waste upcycling business

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AWDC Board appoints new President

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VDB Is First to Launch JBT’s Inaugural API

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Nornickel Harjavalta Unveils Nickel Expansion Project at Public Event

16 june 2022
( - The recent event, held in Harjavalta Hall, was part of the environmental impact assessment process. In practice, the company is increasing its production in two parts. Over the next year, nickel production is expected to increase from 60,000 tons to just under 75,000 tons per year. Under the company’s current environmental permit, the annual nickel production is limited to 90,000 tons. The company aims to increase annual nickel production to more than 100,000 tons by 2026. This will require a new environmental permit from the authorities. By expanding production, Nornickel Harjavalta will meet the raw material needs of the growing battery industry. Locally, the company’s most important customer in the battery industry is planned to be BASF Battery Materials Finland Oy. The battery industry in particular needs nickel sulfate and cobalt sulfate produced by Nornickel Harjavalta, says Joni Hautojärvi, the company’s CEO. The expansion will bring 10–20 new jobs to the area.