Eesti; Kirde-Eesti;
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Extraction Of Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas
06.10 - Extraction of crude petroleum

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 May 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2013
Foreseen end date
2 June 2013


Estonian oil shale mining company Eesti Energia Kaevandused, a subsidiary of the state energy company Eesti Energia, is closing down its Viru oil-shale mine.  Among the 460 employees now working in Viru mine, 100 will retire, 100 will be made redundant and 260 will be relocated to Narva quarry (another Eesti Energia Kaevandused mine) or to the company’s logistics site.

There were environmental as well as economic reasons behind the closure of the mine. The technology used in the mine is from the 1950s. In addition, the geology of the mine has deteriorated with an effect on the economic sustainability of the site.

The company has started cooperation with Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund already a year ago to relocate as many employees working in Viru mine to other sites within the company. However, the company was not able to offer employment elsewhere within the company to all affetced employees. For those made redundant, the company has set up a support fund. The fund includes a pension scheme as well as a scholarship for re-training and informative classes about different re-training and job opportunities.


  • 1 June 2013: Delfi
  • 30 May 2013: ERR


Eurofound (2013), Eesti Energia Kaevandused, Closure in Estonia, factsheet number 75478, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75478.