Oil shale mining up 23% on year in 2017 ({{commentsTotal}})

Oil shale at a factory in Kiviõli.
Oil shale at a factory in Kiviõli. Source: Eero Vabamägi/Eesti Meedia/Scanpix

The utilisation of natural resurces increased in Estonia in 2017, when altogether 15.6 million tonnes of oil shale was mined, 23.2% more than during the year before.

By volume, oil shale was mined the most in Estonia in 2017 — 15.6 million tonnes, or 23.2% more than during year before, it appears from data available from Statistics Estonia.

Altogether 4.8 million cubic metres of sand was mined, 16.3% more than in 2016.

The mining of limestone rose 18.4% on year to 2.4 million cubic metres, while the mining of gravel increased 12.1% to 1.6 million cubic metres.

Altogether 885,400 cubic metres of dolomite was mined, 40.1% more than in 2016, while the mining of peat increased 28.5% to 664,900 tonnes.

Freshwater per person increased 1.8% to 1,355 cubic metres, while energy consumption rose 11% to 7.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent.

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Editor: Aili Vahtla



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