Business area Ferrochrome

Outokumpu is the owner of the largest known chromite reserves in Europe. We have the unique access to an essential raw material in the production of stainless steel.

Ferrochrome is an integral part of Outokumpu’s operations, and supported by our Kemi mine, it is a clear competitive advantage to us. Our Ferrochrome business area runs the chrome mine in Kemi and ferrochrome smelter in nearby Tornio, Finland.

The primary product for the Ferrochrome business area is the charge grade of ferrochrome. Majority of the ferrochrome produced is consumed internally by our own mills, and approximately 25% of the produced ferrochrome is sold to other producers outside the company. The proximity of the ferrochrome works to our stainless steel production facility in Tornio allows the ferrochrome to be transferred in liquid form, resulting in considerable cost savings in both energy and logistics. Our ferrochrome has a low carbon footprint, only 42% of the industry average. 

Carbon neutral Kemi mine by 2025

Outokumpu has established a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality at its Kemi chrome mine by 2025. The roadmap includes several initiatives that will decrease the mine’s emissions towards zero. Carbon neutrality of the Kemi Mine is an important step in achieving Outokumpu’s ambitious science-based climate targets.

The three main factors to reach carbon neutrality at the Kemi Mine are the utilization of carbon free electricity, using biofuels in transportation and machinery as well as replacing natural gas and propane gas with biogas in heating. Mining machinery electrification will also be extended to reduce the need for fuels. Read more on Kemi mine's carbon neutrality targets.

 

280 million euro investment in deepening the Kemi mine

We are finalizing the 283 million mine expansion investment to secure our ore availability until the beginning of the 2040s with current ferrochrome production. We are expanding our operations in Kemi to the depth of 1,000 meters. The mineral resources in the new depth are more than 90 million tonnes, and seismic measurements indicate that mineralization continues even further downwards. Our ferrochrome production will account for approximately 5% of global capacity, and by production costs we are among the top 10 ferrochrome smelters.

 

Updated June 16, 2022. 

Our Ferrochrome operations

Our Ferrochrome operations include the Kemi mine and ferrochrome smelter in nearby Tornio. 

Kemi Mine, Finland
Tornio, Finland – Ferrochrome