Increased turnover in Svalbard despite a decrease in man-years worked
The total turnover in Svalbard has increased by 4.4 per cent in 2019. The amount of man-years worked in total has decreased by 2.6 percent with mining operations being responsible for the largest decrease with 32.3 per cent.
The activities that belong to the main industries of Information and Communication, along with Finance and Insurance are the largest industries based on turnover, with a 10.2 percent increase in 2019. Turnover for Accommodation and Catering activities had been increasing in recent years, however that trend has now been reversed and those industries have decreased by almost 40 million NOK, which is a 9.4 percent decrease in 2019. The mining and quarrying industries declined by just under 9 million NOK in turnover for 2019, according to new figures from Industry statistics for Svalbard.
Figure 1. Turnover by industry. NOK million
|S Other service activities||5||5|
|R Arts, entertainment and recreation||105||101|
|Q Human health, social work||13||14|
|O Public adm., defence, soc. security||197||31|
|N Administrative, support service||342||336|
|M Profess., scientific, tech. act.||42||51|
|L Real estate activities||91||92|
|J Information, communication, financial and insurance act.||615||678|
|I Accommodation, food service||410||371|
|H Transportation and storage||298||457|
|G Domestic trade, car repair shop||359||394|
|C-E Manufacturing, electr., watersupply, sewerage, waste||205||249|
|B Mining and quarrying||161||152|
Decrease in total man-years worked
There has been a slight decrease in the number of man-years worked Full-time equivalent (FTEs) from the previous year by a total of 2.6 percent. The mining and quarrying industry saw a decline of 46 man-years in 2019, following a large increase from the previous year. There has also been significantly fewer man-years worked in the accommodation & catering industry from a peak year in 2017. Within the construction industry however, the number of man-years worked has increased by 39 from 2018 to 2019.
Figure 2. Number of man-years by industry
|S Other service activities||18.4||17.8||14.5||9.4||9.5||10.3||11.2||12||13.5||12.1||8.9||10.7|
|R Arts, entertainment and recreation||29.7||40||35.1||39.2||47.8||44.7||70.4||95.6||146.1||116.1||123.2||103.1|
|Q Human health, social work||68.8||76.7||64.2||63||69.6||70.3||62.9||66.3||59.1||58.5||60.4||64.8|
|O Public adm., defence, soc. security||71.4||71.1||80.3||82.8||78.8||79.1||72.4||80.9||83.5||105.9||120.1||101.2|
|N Administrative, support service||134.9||108.9||109.9||137.1||103.5||100||96.3||105.2||131.7||198.5||181.1||174.2|
|M Profess., scientific, tech. act.||25.9||28.3||33.4||34||40.8||44.3||41.3||40.9||40||65.6||67.1||70.1|
|L Real estate activities||1.3||2.7||0.7||2.6||3.5||6.5||5.7||6.3||11.4||9.3||11.1||6.3|
|J Information, communication, financial and insurance act.||44.4||39.7||44.4||50.1||50.3||51.6||55.7||55.2||53.9||54.6||60.9||65.8|
|I Accommodation, food service||137.3||134.5||146||189.7||212||216.8||245.4||260.4||232.8||283.0||273.7||240.4|
|H Transportation and storage||109.7||98.9||102.8||103.7||110.6||112.7||98.6||86.1||91.8||87.0||94.8||117.1|
|G Domestic trade, car repair shop||105.9||115.7||106.9||105.7||114.8||118.7||103.1||131.3||154.4||114.1||112.1||120.2|
|C-E Manufacturing, electr., watersupply, sewerage, waste||32.4||31.9||26.4||29.2||28.2||27.5||38.6||55.4||53.6||50.1||58.0||60.3|
|B Mining and quarrying||440.3||395.6||366.7||383.5||410.3||345.2||351.4||262.4||152.8||100.9||142.6||96.5|
Weak investment growth
Total investment was relatively unchanged in 2019. The largest investments for 2019 belonged to the information & communication industries, along with the Finance & Insurance industries with a total of 101 million. This is an increase on the previous year of 5 percent. In the transport and storage industries, more than 69 million has been invested.
Mining in Svalbard
According to the annual report from Store Norske has reduced its total coal sales. Although Germany continued to be the largest market for coal, sales have decreased in 2019 from the previous year. Sales in Poland have ceased, however sales have increased in Spain and France has become a new customer.
All coal is now produced in Gruve 7. The international coal price index decreased sharply from 2018 to 2019, from an average price of 92 USD to 61 USD, however as Store Norske has a fixed price agreement based on historical prices, revenues have not fallen as much as the decline in coal prices. This applies to almost the entire turnover, with only 2.5 percent being sold on the spot market. Longyearbyen Energiverk has in recent years been a major user of industrial coal, and consumption has been relatively unchanged between 2018 and 2019.