The Ministry of Trade and Industry has decided to award an operating license to Nordic Rutile by the Førdefjord. The project is controversial.
At the same time, the Minister of Trade and Industry tightened the environmental requirements in the operating license and asked the industry to prepare new measures for a more sustainable mineral industry, a press release from the Ministry noted.
“The Ministry has thoroughly reviewed the case and concluded that the company must be granted an operating license in accordance with the current Minerals Act. However, the complaints have not been in vain: I have listened to the environmental movement and tightened the environmental requirements in the operating license significantly. It has been important for me to go as far as my room for maneuver allows,” Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre (AP) stated.
In a stock exchange announcement, the mining company says that the decision is as expected.
“We have waited a long time for this decision and are happy that this has now been finally clarified, as expected. It represents the final permit milestone for the Engebø Rutile and Grenade project. We can now move towards completing the project’s financing and preparing sustainable mineral production,” CEO Ivar S. Fossum said.
In recent days, the Natur og ungdom organization has protested by the Førdefjord to stop the construction work.
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