Zero Emission Mining
Nussir is partnering with leading underground mining specialists at LNS to start the world’s first zero-diesel, fully electrified mine. All vehicles operating underground will be electric or battery-electric. This is a historical change, both for the environment and for the miner’s health. No more diesel particles, no exhaust fumes, less use of energy, less noise and less unwanted heat generation are some of the many advantages the Nussir way provides.
Increased production of copper is one of the preconditions for humanity to solve the climate crisis. The “green shift” requires a doubling of the world’s copper production over the next 15-20 years.
NUSSIR ASA will produce one of the world’s purest copper concentrates. Energy consumption will be among the lowest in the world.
NUSSIR ASA will supply one of the world’s cleanest smelting plants. NUSSIR will be a pioneer in the climate context, where we contribute to reaching the Paris agreement.
The production of copper from NUSSIR accounts for about 50% of Norway’s consumption, and can be used to electrify the rest of Norway’s 2.6 million passenger cars in 10 years.
Copper is a metal that can be recycled almost endlessly and is not “used up”.
All of Nussirs electricy needs will be covered by renewable energy sources.
Norway is a heavy producer of renewable energy because of hydropower. Over 99% of the electricity production in mainland Norway is from hydropower plants (86 TWh reservoir capacity, storing water from summer to winter). The average hydropower is about 135 TWh/year. There is also a large potential in wind power, offshore wind power and wave power, as well as production of bio-energy from wood. There is about 5.5 TWH produced by wind mills per year, but this is increasing every year.
Norway has limited resources in solar energy, but is one of the world’s largest producers of solar grade silicon and silicon solar cells.