GRANGEX Dannemora is to become the first producer of high-quality iron ore concentrate in the European Union, with the smallest carbon footprint.
GRANGEX Dannemora intends to restart the Dannemora mine in Östhammar municipality. GRANGEX’s goal fulfillment takes place through a comprehensive requirement during project development that all equipment and all production methods – if practically possible – aim to eliminate emissions of carbon dioxide. All consumables such as hydraulic oils, lubricating oils and the like must be fossil-free.
Carbon dioxide-free both below and above ground
The large emissions of carbon dioxide underground in Dannemora were during the previous operating period, for example, when removing rock for preparation and crude ore production, passenger and crude ore transport, and up-transport of crude ore to the beneficiation plant. The planned underground production strives to be completely carbon dioxide-free.
The large emissions above ground previously came from unloading and transport of ore product to Hargshamn. The operation of the enrichment plant will be fully electrified and the outbound transport by train will be hydrogen-powered and thus completely carbon dioxide-free.
Increased demand for iron ore
We plan to restart the production of iron ore in the Dannemora mine. The subsequent beneficiation process is adapted to meet the expected large increase in demand for iron ore concentrates with iron contents above 67% which primarily arises through the environmentally sustainable conversion of the fully integrated steel mills in Europe. Iron ore is mainly used to produce iron and steel. Steel is used more than 20 times more than all other metals combined, according to Svemin.