Tag Archives: Svea

SVEA LOCKED: Final shutdown ceremony ‘marks the closure of over a hundred years of mining’ by Store Norske

More than 30 million tons of coal were extracted over 17 years and there’s still another 10 million tons inside, but the symbolic final step of sealing it off seemingly forever occurred Wednesday as the entrance tunnel at the Svea Nord mine was padlocked during a wistful ceremony featuring speeches and song.

ALERT – SVEA BRIEFLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS ALERT: Access at former coal mine suspended temporarily Thursday due to visitor concerns after person tests positive in Tromsø

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A coronavirus alert at Svea on Thursday morning briefly resulted in access to the former coal mining settlement being suspended due to concerns raised about visitors after a person Tromsø became Norway’s first positive test of the virus on Wednesday, according to officials.

NOT SO ICE: Anger abound about sea breakup in polar bear, seal area to bring ship carrying fuel to Svea

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The breakup of the sea ice early this week in an area populated by polar bears and seals so that Store Norske can continue the government-ordered dismantling of the Svea mine triggered considerable outrage among locals and The Governor of Svalbard is now stating it would not have approved the activity if current conditions were known.

Dead again: Store Norske, after getting ministry to say maybe, gives up on extracting coal at Svea while mines are dismantled

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OK, this time the hope of doing any more mining at Svea is truly dead. Honest.

Store Norske says it is giving up on the hoping of extracting coal from the mine while carrying out a government-ordered dismantling of the nearby Lunckefjell mine during the next few years. The decision is oddly timed, occurring shortly after the company finally persuaded skeptical government officials to be open to the possibility after months of effort.

But Administrative Director Jan Morten Ertsaas said the board of directors determined at its most recent meeting the economics and logistics simply weren’t going to work out.

From ‘no’ to ‘maybe’: Mining coal at Svea while dismantling it may be OK, trade ministry official says

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The Norwegian government appears to be relenting on its opposition to resuming coal mining at Svea under any circumstances, with a top official now stating the idea will be considered if it can be done cost-effectively while the mine’s infrastructure is removed.

BACK IN BLACK? Store Norske’s new leader says 100M tons of coal can be extracted while mines are dismantled. The government doesn’t sound enthusiastic

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Norway’s government has adamantly and repeatedly insisted Store Norske cannot reopen its two main mines, but the company isn’t giving up the fight as it is proposing to extract 100 million tons of coal from Svea during the dismantling process scheduled to take place for the next few years.

FINAL CLOSURE: Government recommends permanent shutdown of mining at Svea, Lunckefjell

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Hopes of resuming large-scale coal mining in Svalbard were dashed Thursday morning – probably permanently – as the Norwegian government is recommending Svea and Lunckefjell remain closed, and that maintenance of the mines cease and most of the infrastructure be removed. 

Mining and/or tourism? Government friend and/or foe? Store Norske’s unpredictable future takes more volatile turns

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The question used to be what options, if any, were possible at Svea since coal mining was shutting down. Now the dilemma is it might be possible to have mining and other new activities already occurring – but government officials who’ve been so supportive in the past might block some or all of those options this time.

Working out: Store Norske avoids possible strike, may possibly strike it rich by reopening mines

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Store Norske just finished shutting nearly everything down four months ago and most of the relatively few remaining workers were talking about going on strike. But the labor dispute was resolved quickly last week and a sustained rebound in coal prices is allowing the company putting together a proposal to resume operations at one or both of its two main mines next year.

Runway incursion: Polar bear family visits Svea airport, chased away with fire truck

A mother polar bear and two cubs who’ve made several visits in or near Longyearbyen appear to be expanding their tour of Svalbard’s settlements as a trio of bears assumed to be the same animals wandered onto the airstrip at Svea on Friday morning, according to officials.