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Sandvik supports safe salt mining

Salt mining is an ancient process; the deposits themselves can be several hundred million years old. Such is the case at the Bernburg mine in Germany, where esco (european salt company) extracts rock salt from a 250-million-year-old underground deposit.

One of the vast chambers in the Bernburg salt mine.
One of the vast chambers in the Bernburg salt mine – 20 meters wide, 35 meters high and 200 meters long.

Salt production here dates back to the Middle Ages, when brine was evaporated from open pans. Today esco relies on modern mining equipment to produce roughly 2 million tons of salt each year, offering its customers a wide range of high-quality salt products, including salt for chemical and industrial use as well as pharma and food-grade salts and de-icing salt.

Bernburg recently bought two new Sandvik LH621 underground loaders, which have a high power-to-weight ratio that ensures faster cycle times. An efficient Tier 4 diesel engine helps to minimize emissions underground.