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Developing a management tool for mine closure

Mine projects are unique industrial projects due to their naturally limited lifespan. The closure process of a mine is very important to the European mining industry. Guaranteeing operations in inhabited areas requires excellent environmental knowledge gathered from all mine projects.
Closing a mine is a long and continuous process which begins as early as the planning stage of the mine, because the closure of the mine and the time period after its closure are key factors in reducing its environmental impact.

The time period following a closure provides plenty of potential due to the sustainable regional benefits of the mine, if the closure is planned and dealt with appropriately.
Hannukainen Mining is participating in the Closurematic project, which involves developing and improving the closure of mines through digitalisation.
During the project, the aim is to establish a system with, for example, templates and instructions for preparing a mine closure plan, the availability of technical support, information gathering and management, as well as a range of tools for monitoring and managing the closure process. 

The project will last for three years and is being coordinated by the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). Other cooperation partners include French Geological Survey (BRGM), DMT consultation group (TÜV Nord Group), M-solutions R&D Oy, and Hannukainen Mining Oy.