About Us


About Inmet Finland Oy

We’re a part of the global copper company First Quantum Minerals.

Inmet Finland are exploring for nickel and copper across Finland, primarily in Eastern Lapland. As part of First Quantum, we operate with a ‘can do’ and long-term approach. First Quantum has over 20,000 employees globally and operates long-life mines in several countries, including Pyhäsalmi here in Finland.

We’ve been part of Finland since 2008

First Quantum have been active in Finland since 2008, with the purchase of the Kevitsa, in Sodankylä, from Scandinavian Minerals in 2008. First Quantum significantly increased the in-ground resource at Kevitsa, proving it to be one of the largest nickel reserves in Finland.

The Pyhäsalmi mine in Pyhäjärvi, central Finland, has been operated by First Quantum since 2013. Pyhäsalmi is one of the deepest underground mines in Europe, however, will soon close after over 60 years of production.

All our exploration reservations and exploration licenses in Finland are held under Inmet Finland Oy. We have undertaken preliminary investigative works in all areas. We currently have 5 active exploration licenses in eastern Lapland and several more licenses in the application phase.

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Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

District Geologist

Chris began his career at Kevitsa Mine in 2012, after graduating with a Masters in Geology from Imperial College London. Over ten years with First Quantum, Chris has worked in Africa, South America and Australia. Returning to Finland in 2018, he now manages Inmet Finland Oy’s exploration programs in Finland.

Chris lives in Rovaniemi with his Finnish wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing tennis and cross-country skiing.

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Jaakko Georgi

Jaakko Georgi

Project Geologist

Jaakko started working at Inmet Finland Oy at the end of 2020. He is responsible for technical work on mineral exploration projects and permitting processes. After graduating from the University of Helsinki, Jaakko has worked as a exploration geologist for two years in Northern Finland and South America. Jaakko lives in Rovaniemi and in his free time, enjoys skiing, hiking, mushroom picking and reading.

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Jaakko Nurkkala

Jaakko Nurkkala

Graduate Exploration Geologist

Jaakko joined Inmet Finland Oy at the end of 2021. During his studies at the University of Turku, he worked three field seasons in the exploration industry in Lapland and Eastern Finland. Jaakko lives in Rovaniemi and spends his free time training weightlifting, fishing and cycling.

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Diamanda Vickers

Diamanda Vickers

Exploration Geologist

Diamanda joined First Quantum in 2022, after completing her masters degree in petroleum geoscience at Imperial College London. She has previously worked in southern Spain and is now helping Inmet Finland Oy’s exploration projects. Diamanda lives in London and enjoys fossil hunting, skiing and playing sports in her free time.

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Maarit Tolppanen

Maarit Tolppanen

Community Relations Officer

Maarit began working at Kevitsa mine after high school, with her first role being administrative assistant. Later she joined the First Quantum Exploration team for summer as a Geotechnician. After graduating from Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Maarit worked several years in the field of Finnish Social Security.

She currently works as a Community Relations Officer in the First Quantum Exploration team. Maarit lives in Rovaniemi with her partner and spends her free time knitting, doing yoga, reading books and exploring the Lapland nature and the good restaurants in Rovaniemi.

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