Developing Natural Stone Production in Soapstone Regions in Eastern Finland and Karelia’s Border Region
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006
Objective of the project
The project was to promote operational prerequisites of the soapstone industry in the entire area where soapstone can be found in East Finland and in the border region of Karelia.
• Seeking new stone varieties • Assessing raw material potential in Russian Karelia and presenting and comparing research methods at, for example, different types of seminars/field seminars • Producing a plan for commercial cooperation and training needs • Creation of a database for the shared building stone deposits and products of Kainuu and Russian Karelia.
The project found sew soapstone deposits, some of which have good potential to be utilised as production sites. Several new soapstone deposits were found in the area between Huutoniemi - Saarikylä. The project completed a preliminary assessment on the quantity and quality of the stone at the most interesting sites. Raw material potential was assessed in Russian Karelia and research methods presented and compared at, for example, different types of seminars / field seminars. As a result of the project, the development process for utilising the new natural stone raw materials, including soapstone, in Russian Karelia has been strengthened. Examples include the cooperation with the Development Project Concerning Networking and Material Facilities of Stone Sector Enterprises project implemented by the city of Kuhmo and the Kosstone project funded by the Tacis programme. The project produced a plan for commercial cooperation and training needs for 2004 and began work on the database, which would include the shared building stone deposits and products of Kainuu and Russian Karelia. The development work started in this project was continued in the ’Soapstone in Kainuu and in the Border Region of Karelia’ project.
AcronymDeveloping Natural Stone Production in Soapstone Regions in Eastern Finland and Karelia’s Border Region
Duration2001-07-31 - 2003-12-31
Total Budget / Programme funding837 455 € / 586 218 €
Lead partnerSuomussalmi Municipality
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PartnersGeology Institute – Eastern Finland Office
Institute of Geology – Karelian Research Centre RAS