The Washington Times

Sweden to relocate entire city to meet China’s needs
The Washington Times

To feed China’s growing appetite for raw materials, this venerable mining town 90 miles north of the Arctic Circle is poised to become a cutting-edge Tomorrowland as it prepares to move buildings, residents and even a century-old wooden church to a new location a few miles away.

Over the next 10 years, Kiruna officials plan to demolish the apartments and most other buildings in this town of 18,000 residents and then rebuild them as far as three miles away — all part of an ambitious $375 million project to make way for the expansion of a giant iron mine as demand from China has suddenly made extraction here worth the investment.

Twenty-four hours a day, powerful electric rail locomotives pull containers of iron ore from Kiruna and across the border to Norway and on to the Atlantic Ocean for export to fast-growing Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere. The mine now needs to expand to access more ore at ever-deeper levels.

“The economic future of the city depends on us mining deeper,” said Kiruna Councilwoman Marianne Nordmark. But mining destabilizes the ground, making it unsafe for surface dwellings. Cracks are already visible throughout Kiruna’s streets. Between the dangers already posed by the mine and LKAB’s need for expansion, officials opted to pull up stakes and relocate the town en masse to a nearby wooded area.

En Suède, pour satisfaire les Chinois, on va déplacer un village entier pour pouvoir agrandir une mine. Les Suédois, contrairement aux cabochons de Québécois, ont compris que creuser des mines c’est une excellente chose.

Pendant ce temps au Québec, des couleuvres brunes peuvent paralyser des chantiers de construction…