Needs and impact

In the mining industry there are many areas of specialization which would benefit of improved and widened knowledge of the operations in the mine, those include, industrial leaders (managers in different levels), geologists, mining engineers, mineral processing engineers, environmental scientists, surveyors, electricians, truck drivers, IT experts, machine operators, health and safety specialists, communications professionals and others engineering, just to name a few.

Therefore, the main target group of the proposed project and training program to be developed in the frame of this project are professionals and operators who have to put hands-on in the real site in mining engineering, geology, geophysics, mineral processing and environment. This has a positive impact on the operations in the mines in general as a result of increased understanding of the professionals on the factors playing key roles in the ideally operating mine.

The impact of this project will be along the whole value chain in a wide range of applications. Due to connecting different parts of Europe in the matter of raw materials, this will also lead to an inner-European exchange of expertise, research results as well as potential, such as infrastructure and unique research labs (underground). Instead of acting single-handedly, a corporate approach will be created. The connection and potential interaction will be highly anticipated with this approach.

Besides the gaining of knowledge and experience in real mining conditions for the participants professionals and operators, the Oulu Mining Schoolitself will benefit as well from the development of the Pyhäsalmi experimental mine by attracting interested learners worldwide. The combination of highly educated professionals and a test mine site offers an excellent platform for a number of research projects; attracting thus the mining industry for collaboration.

Further to this, when established as an experimental mine, Pyhäsalmi will be able to attend and develop a worldwide network of research and educational mines, such as the Research & Educational Mine of TU Bergakademie Freibergthat is also participating in the MINETRAIN project, towards a continuous collaboration and evolution of the facilities and organization skills of the experimental site.

This project will also have the following indirect benefits:

  • to guide other underground mines to be continuously used as either experimental mines or other uses;
  • to develop new techniques or methods to fully use the facilities, land and waste within post-closure of the mining site;
  • to keep the local area in the mine grow continuously after mining production is completed;
  • to develop the mine as a visiting site for people that are not involved in the mining research and industry sector.

In such a way, society will have the opportunity to live a unique experience of visiting a deep mine and become more familiar with mining activities, history and culture. Hence, this can change the view of (local) society towards mining and it will not be considered as a polluting and destroying industry anymore.