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Stone Suitability Study and Operational Prerequisite Assessment of Ruskeala Mine
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006

Objective of the project

The goal of the project was to detect the possibilities of marble found in Ruskeala in the Republic of Karelia for construction stone production purposes in accordance with Western standards. The aim was to identify the quality of the stone by establishing a research-boring unit and sending sample batches for research, train personnel to mine the stone type in question and research international marketing and refining operations possibilities for Ruskeala marble.

Main activities

• Launching of negotiations with the Russian partner • Establishment of new enterprise, applying for a land-use licence for the area, a lease agreement and other operational permits • Getting a lease agreement for the quarry area from the Town of Sortavala, obtaining of the operational permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic of Karelia • Acquisition of mining equipment, sample drilling, bringing sample lots of block stone to Finland for research.


Negotiations were conducted with the Russian partner over a period of approximately one year; however, JSC Ruskealski Mramor declared bankruptcy and the planned cooperation effort was discontinued. For this reason, the applicant established a company of its own (OOO Idän Kivi), which could be used to apply for a land-use licence for the area, a lease agreement and other operational permits. Due to preliminary difficulties, actual effective mining did not take place until the summer of 2004. The necessary sample drilling and test cutting of the marble was successfully completed during the project. Sample lots of block stone were brought to Finland for research and some of the stone was studied in Kaalamo in Russia. The research discovered that the stone is not of sufficient quality to be used for construction; however, Juuan Dolomiittikalkki Oy may use the block stones and marble pieces for manufacturing decorative crushed stone or ground limestone. OOO Idän Kivi has mining rights in Ruskeala until 2028. The mining activities can continue on a solid foundation due to the experiences gained during the project, and some of the equipment and personnel are ready for operations in Ruskeala as a result of it. Due to the preliminary difficulties and delay in beginning operations, the market study and product development research would mostly not be completed until after the project. Training of the workforce was not accomplished as planned, since mining did not begin until six months before the conclusion of the project. It was, therefore, no longer possible due to time restrictions; however, approximately 10 Russians were employed by the quarry in various positions. As a crucial result of the project, information was obtained regarding operating in the mining industry in Russia and experience of arranging tasks in an industry regulated by permits and their numerous administrative regulations was gained. In addition, information was obtained on the Ruskeala marble deposit, its quality, scope, opportunities for processing and the suitability of Finnish and Russian mining equipment for working with hard marble. Information was also obtained regarding marble deposits in Russia, the Baltic region and Finland in general as well as about distribution channels and pricing.

Basic information



2002-01-01 - 2004-12-31

Total Budget / Programme funding

201 333 € / 100 667 €

Lead partner

Juuan Dolomiittikalkki Oy
Lead partner web-site


JSC Ruskealski Mramor