Nussir ASA has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Hammerfest Municipality which confirms that Nussir has received support for the Project from local political parties, facilitates a long-term and trusting relationship between the Company and the Municipality.
Nussir intends to develop the Project, which is fully permitted, as the world’s first fully electric mine and SRK is currently carrying out an electrification study in order to update the Company’s Feasibility Study in line with this.
Øystein Rushfeldt, CEO of Nussir, commented:
“I am delighted that the Company has signed this Cooperation Agreement and to have formalised our common goal of delivering development and growth in Hammerfest.
“At Nussir, we ensure that sustainability is at the centre of everything we do, and this means ensuring that we have a positive impact on the communities surrounding our operation.
“We firmly believe in the valuable contributions mining can have, not only with regards to delivering the materials needed for the green transition but also on local people and their quality and standard of living.
“For a generation, Kvalsund has suffered from severe population decline, predominately due to residents seeking employment opportunities that are only available in larger cities.
“We want to play a role in reversing this decline, delivering growth and prosperity in the region and, in turn, helping to protect the practices and language of the local Sámi people.
“In line with our sustainability goals, we intend to develop the world’s first, fully electric mining operation, and I look forward to announcing the results of SRK’s electrification study, and the concurrent update to the Feasibility Study, in due course.”
Marianne Sivertsen Næss, Mayor of Hammerfest Municipality, commented:
“The development of the Nussir Copper project is very important for the Hammerfest Municipality, the region, and northern Norway.
“At the Municipality Council, we have had thorough discussions where all political parties had the opportunity to discuss and propose amendments to the Agreement.
“The final Cooperation Agreement has many different parts; however, its most important objective is to create a local community and, a key part of this, is that Nussir will have its head office located in Kvalsund and its operation located in Hammerfest Municipality.
“I know that the Kvalsund community is really looking forward the realisation of the Nussir Project. It is clear that we want to reverse the negative trend of population decline in Hammerfest, and this is a focus for us in the future.
“One of the most significant aspects to this is that people have a job to go to because, without work, we will not be able to attract new residents. A varied working life in Hammerfest will mean a great deal.
“Additionally, it is important to be able to offer children a safe and engaging place to grow up. We have already carried out a lot of work with schools and kindergartens and we are now in the process of building a new school and kindergarten in Kvalsund.”