The country extracts more mineral resources2015-02-18
Extraction levels of many mineral resources have grown in Lithuania last year according to the figures from the Lithuanian Geological Survey which reports to the Ministry of Environment (LGS).
In 2014, compared to 2013, total extraction of mineral resources increased by 5%. Growth in dolomite production was as high as 11%, sand and gravel, 6%, and peat, 1%. The only drops were recorded for Only limestone (2%) and clay (3%).
Nine of the 17 types of mineral resources that have been explored in the country are being exported. These are limestone, dolomite, sand, gravel, clay, peat, petroleum, marlstone and sapropel. They are mostly used in the construction products industry or for building roads.
In Lithuania, all mineral resources except petroleum are still being extracted only in open workings such as quarries and peat deposits. LGS has issued permits to operate 327 quarries (excluding peat deposits).
Public information division
18 February 2015