in a responsible manner
One aspect of mining is its effect on the landscape: open pit mines are visible in nature. Nordkalk has a restauration plan for each of its mines. In some quarries it is possible to landscape areas that are no longer in use simultaneously with extraction in other parts; for example in the Karinu quarry in Estonia and Ignaberga and Uddagården in Sweden.
Once extracting has ended, the quarry can completely disappear from the scenery after it has been levelled out and vegetation takes over.
In deeper quarries, the aim of reclaiming is, besides safety, to contribute to the surrounding landscape and take the needs of the community into consideration. Old mine areas can serve as recreational or even nature conservation areas.
Picture: Terhi Anttila
Elevator testing and mine museum underground
Many activities take place in Nordkalk’s underground mine in Tytyri, Finland, in the parts that are no longer in mining use. The globally operating Finnish KONE Corporation has had a test site for high-rise elevators in the mine since 1998. There are nine test shafts, five of which were built recently. Two shafts have a depth of 317 metres. The test site is an important part of KONE’s development activities.
The city of Lohja operates a mining museum, The Tytyri Experience in the mine, including different activities, a museum and a festival hall. It makes for a unique venue to organise an event - 80 metres below the surface.More information on the Tytyr's website.
In Uddagården in Sweden and Storugns on Gotland Sweden, a motorsports track has been built in an abandoned part of the quarry, and at Storugns, a close by land area has been set aside for a wind power park.
Nordkalk is the leading limestone company in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw materials to numerous industries, and our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as productivity of agricultural land.