The Norwegian mining and quarring industry in 2001
The Norwegian mining and quarring industry had a turnover of approximately NOK 7 billion in 2001 and employed some 5200 workers. It is a major industry in some regions, and the most important counties are Nordland, Møre & Romsdal, Rogaland and Vestfold. The mining and quarring industry comprises companies engaged in extracting and processing minerals and rocks from bedrock or superficial deposits. Five categories of raw materials are distinguished: industrial minerals (e.g. limestone, quartz and nepheline syenite) building stone derived from dimension sttone (e.g. larvikitem, granite and flagstone) raw materials for construction (sand, gravel, crushed rock and clay) metallic ores (iron, nickel and titanium oxide) energy minerals (coal).