Callio FutureMINE project, financed by the Regional Innovations and Experimentations (AIKO) programme of Council of Oulu Region, shows that the next generation mining equipment and future technologies can be tested in Pyhäsalmi mine after the mine closure in late 2019.
Gaia Consulting Ltd reports several potential opportunities. For example, an underground mining & tunneling equipment, battery operated equioment and biomining techniques are worth to be tested in real-life operating environment. Furthermore, autonomous or remotely controlled loaders and trucks are potential future technologies for this kind of testing environment. The study highlights the importance of an underground 4G/5G connectivity and wireless IoT -technologies where one can create intelligent, dynamic communications to improve the safety, productivity, efficiency and responsiveness of underground operations.
Callio Pyhäjärvi offers a safe, stable and versatile operating environment, even when measured against the most stringent global indicators, that also allows a diverse range of R&D and testing operations as well as extensive experiments. New opportunities can be leveraged by international actors as well as domestic technology suppliers, many of them global leaders in their field.
” From the very beginning till today Pyhäsalmi Mine has developed in co-operation with domestic technology suppliers many advanced technologies both for surface and for underground operations. We look forward to extend that work beyond mine-life and to see our unique underground infrastructure utilized. ” Kimmo Luukkonen, Managing Director, Pyhäsalmi Mine Oy.
Most recently, Normet carried out an extensive functionality and durability testing program for their next generation underground vehicle. Aim here was to assess and validate design targets and the state of the art customer experience earlier in the product development cycle.
” It has been very interesting to take a look of FutureMINE concept to find out of its opportunities. Our research points out that there is an actual need for testing environment that Callio can offer. An opportunity to test mining technologies in their real environment gives new possibilities to various technology suppliers. Benefit of FutureMINE is versatile and modern environment. ” Antti Pitkämäki, Gaia Consulting Oy.
Sakari Nokela, Program Director of the Callio Pyhäjärvi: " There is huge potential in the FutureMINE testing environment. The demand for an underground technology testing environment is high while the global supply is today very low. "
A copper and zinc mine has been operating in town of Pyhäjärvi, located in the Oulu Region in Finland, since the 1960s. The Pyhäsalmi mine is Europe’s deepest base metal mine, 1,445 meters. It will stop operating at the end of 2019, but afterwards, the facilities will be available for entirely new purposes.
Henrik Kiviniemi, Town Manager, Town of Pyhäjärvi: ” FutureMINE concept will be developed further based on research that Gaia Consulting Oy has done, in co-operation with domestic and international partners. First investments will be made already during the year 2019. ”
Mr Sakari Nokela
Program director, Callio
Mobile: +358 40 1809 511
Mr Henrik Kiviniemi
Town Manager, Pyhäjärvi
Mobile: +358 44 4457 701
Callio Pyhäjärvi is a globally unique multidisciplinary operating environment. It offers a diverse range of opportunities for success for new and innovative projects and established operators seeking new horizons alike, as well as for training and R&D. Callio is located in the Pyhäsalmi Mine, 1,445 metres underground, and the surrounding areas. The facilities of Callio are located in one of the deepest known places in Europe. When mining activities end, Callio will provide businesses with a unique, safe and stable – even when measured against the most stringent global indicators – environment to start or expand successful business. The unique nature of the operating environment will be a valuable asset to businesses located at Callio. For training and R&D, Callio offers an underground laboratory and testing environment that cannot be found anywhere else. In fact, the infrastructure of Callio has already been used for versatile research for dozens of years. The facilities also allow for extensive experiments.
Town Pyhäjärvi is situated in the middle of Finland, 450 km north of Helsinki, and within close distance from collaborating universities – University of Oulu (160 km), University of Eastern Finland (150 km), University of Jyväskylä (180 km). The town, which have 5 500 inhabitants, is named after lake Pyhäjärvi, a lake of 125 square kilometers and rich in fish. Pyhäjärvi is well situated in an intersection of transport services. The town is in the junction of highways E75 and 27. There are five airports within two hours’ drive, with international airport of Oulu being second most serviced in Finland. The railway connections are excellent. Heavy/large components and bulk materials can be easily railed to the site.
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