New EU Legislation to Make Opening Mines in Europe Easier


The mining company LKAB operates several iron ore mines in Kiruna and Gällivare in Norrbotten in Northern Sweden. The company is Europe’s largest iron ore producer.

LKAB produces 80 percent of Europe’s iron ore and is leading the transformation of the iron and steel industry with the strategy of producing carbon dioxide-free sponge iron using hydrogen technology.

The company has also been involved in the mineral industry since the 80s through the Special Products business area, where they produce and refine more than 30 minerals.

Extraction and refining of phosphorus, rare earth metals, and fluorine is part of LKAB’s ReeMAP project. In the project, LKAB is developing technology for extracting phosphorus and rare earth metals as by-products from current iron ore production and is planning a circular industrial park in Luleå.

The scheduled production start for the factory in Luleå is in 2027.

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