Ojamaa oil shale opencast mine


The availability of a sufficient amount of oil shale with required elements is the basis for all stable operations of VKG oil shale processing. Accordingly, the opening of the Ojamaa opencast mine was economically the second strategic target of 2009, and one in which no slowdown occurred.

In 2009, an action plan and a budget for the opencast opening were specified and agreed upon from 2012 to 2013, until it runs on full capacity (2.5 mln tons of oil shale per year). The design of an underground section of the open-cast and surface servicing complex has been in progress, and the establishment of inclined shafts and infrastructure has commenced. Driving equipment has been acquired, and at the end of the year a tender was put out for the construction of a 12.5 km long conveyer from the mine maintenance complex up to the VKG oil plants.

In the spring of 2010, driving works will reach oil shale layers, and the first oil shale will be supplied to the Petroter plant. Supplies will be made according to the tender results, and the construction of a conveyer and wash-house will commence.