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Enefit Kaevandused taking mobile networks underground

In Enefit Kaevandused's Estonia mines, Ida-Viru County
In Enefit Kaevandused's Estonia mines, Ida-Viru County Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Enefit Kaevandused, the Eesti Energia subsidiary mining oil shale in Ida-Viru County, has announced that it is planning to place the necessary equipment in its mines to have mobile network access underground as well. With this step the company hopes to increase safety and make its operations more efficient.

The company will start placing the necessary equipment this summer, using a system that can be used wherever mining operations require network access. To make sure that communications are available under any circumstances, the current analog telephone connections will remain in place, Enefit said.

The cost of the project amounts to some €150,000. According to the company’s CEO, Ahti Puur, the availability of mobile networks has had several positive effects on its operations.

Network access helped along the company’s technological development in the Estonia mining area, and had raised work safety, Puur said. “The mobile network allows for quick access to information about the current state of work, the condition of underground storage areas, potential breakdowns, and the location of staff and equipment,” Puur explained.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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