Battery value chain focus of new Anglo American, Finnish Minerals link

Anglo American and Finnish Minerals Group announced February 12 they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together to explore opportunities to further support Finland’s battery strategy. 

Finnish Minerals Group is a holding and development company that manages the Finnish Government’s mining industry shareholdings and supports the development of the Finnish battery value chain.

“Finland is a highly attractive investment destination and has a strong heritage in both mining and innovation,” Projects and Development director Alison Atkinson said.  

“This agreement further strengthens our commitment to Finland as well as to our Sakatti project, a true polymetallic orebody very much aligned to Finland’s and the EU’s critical minerals priorities. Sakatti is designed as the next generation of FutureSmart Mining, building on what we have learned in terms of minimal surface footprint and using technology and innovation to deliver ever better environmental and social outcomes, whilst producing essential raw materials needed to transition to a greener, low carbon energy future.” 

Finland provides a stable and secure source of many of the metals and minerals needed for the world to decarbonize. With an increasing number of countries prioritizing sustainable access to responsibly sourced critical raw materials, Finland is well positioned in terms of its natural resources and the country’s investment across the entire battery value chain, from mineral extraction to recycling.

“Exploring joint opportunities with Anglo American is a natural choice for us as they already know the Finnish operational environment,” added Jani Kiuru, Senior Vice President Raw Materials, Finnish Minerals Group.

“In addition, the company has a long history in mining and is a forerunner in sustainability. We believe this collaboration reinforces both parties by combining local and global know-how in sustainability and technological development, thus maximizing the value of Finnish minerals responsibly. We see there is a mutual understanding on the vast possibilities and importance of Finnish minerals for the green transition.”

As a Finnish state-owned company with a mandate to foster the Finnish mining and battery industry, Finnish Minerals Group is a natural potential partner for Anglo American in Finland. The company’s main assets are: Terrafame, a subsidiary that produces nickel and cobalt sulphates; project Sokli, a phosphate and rare earths deposit; and a 20% interest in Keliber, a battery-grade lithium project aiming to start production in 2025. Additionally, Finnish Minerals Group is advancing several greenfield investments further downstream in the battery value chain. 


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