On the photo from left to right: Jari Kolehmainen, production manager at Kittilä mine, Agnico Eagle Finland, Kimmo Kangas, sales manager of Finland, Robit, Janne Saukko, general Supervisor at Kittilä mine, Agnico Eagle Finland, and Kari Alenius, vice president, Finland, Robit. (Photo: Robit)

Robit and Agnico Eagle signed a long-term cooperation agreement of drilling consumables supply to Kittilä mine, the largest gold mine in Europe. The deliveries will start on May 1. Robit has previously supplied diamond button bits to the Kittilä mine for production drilling. Thus, the mine and conditions are familiar to Robit.

“We are happy to start this cooperation, which is a result of a long-time work and is an important reference to the company,” Robit Group CEO Tommi Lehtonen said. “It is also an investment to domestic market. We are excited of this collaboration, which in addition to product supply offers an opportunity to develop our products together with one of the leading mining companies.”

Jari Kolehmainen, production manager at Kittilä mine, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, said, “We are delighted with this agreement and expecting a long-term and close collaboration. Together we have an opportunity to develop drilling consumables e.g., diamond button bits and Sense Systems products to serve customer needs even better.”

The Kittilä mine extracts annually about 1.6 million metric tons (mt) of ore, yielding about 7,000 kilograms (kg) of gold. At current production volumes, the mine’s known ore reserves are expected to produce gold until 2034.