Partnership for 40 years

The Tana quartz mine has been operating for more than 40 years. It is based in Austertana, a small community in the North of Norway.

A long-term and transparent dialogue with local stakeholders, such as local community organisations, local politicians and Sami reindeer herders have been key activities to ensure continued operations.

Elkem is currently looking into expanding our operations at the Tana mine, to secure access to quartz after the current opencast is finished. In the application process for the expansion, dialogue with the Sami reindeer herders have been initiated, as the reindeers migrate through the relevant area.

Elkem’s ambition is to reach an agreement with the relevant parties as soon as possible. In the application process, dialogue with different stakeholders such as local community representatives and politicians to inform about the process, is also prioritised.

This article was first published in Elkem's sustainability report 2019