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The extraction of dolomite is further expanded in Lithuania

2014-05-21

The abundance of dolomite in Lithuania creates conditions for further development of its extraction. Last year, 1.2 million cubic metres of dolomite, i.e. 0.2 million cubic metres more than in 2012, was extracted in the country.

According to Jonas Satkūnas, Director of the Geological Survey of Lithuania under the Ministry of Environment, these mineral resources is found in the sediments of many geological systems but only the deposits that are closer to the surface of the earth in the northern part of Lithuania have a practical significance.

In the country, the resources explored in detail comprise 115 million cubic metres, preparational explored resources cover 129 million cubic metres, and prognostic resources are available in the area of 300 million cubic metres. All the explored dolomite deposits and prognostic areas are located in the districts of Pakruojis, Joniškis, Akmenė, Biržai and Rokiškis. The largest amount of resources was found in the district of Pakruojis.

Dolomite is mined at the second Petrašiūnai and Klovainiai deposits. In the district of Joniškis, the Skaistgiris deposit is exploited, and the preparation of the Čedasai deposit located in the Rokiškis district is nearing completion. Four companies are currently engaged in the extraction of dolomite. Another three companies have been granted permits but they have not started to exploit any deposits yet.

Dolomite is used in the production of breakstone, finishing panels, building stone, lime and mineral wool and liming of acidic soils.

Public Information Division
21 May 2014


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas