With the car test industry in northern Sweden as a model the idea of creating a platform for research in Kaunisvaara was born. The feasibility study will examine the interest in the mining industry and how to finance the project.
"In this research mine companies will be able to to test equipment and new technologies in a real situation and in an Arctic climate", says Pär Weihed, Professor of Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology.
In October, a workshop was held in Luleå on sustainable mining in the Arctic. It was the host nation for the Arctic Council, the United States that have chosen to locate Conference Best Practices for Mining and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, to Luleå.
"The challenges of mining in Arctic are huge, not least from an environmental perspective, and a research mine in Kaunisvaara may be just the right time", says Pär Weihed.
In addition to equipment and technology, several research disciplines within the geosciences benefit greatly from a real mine of various research projects.
Already in 1918 the Geological Survey of Sweden found iron ore in Kaunisvaara. 2012 Northland Resources opened the first mine at the resort but the company went bankrupt in 2014 because of falling prices for iron ore. The open pit in Kaunisvaara is about 40 meters deep.