SOLVAY is mining salt in Tuscany, Italy, since the early 20th century. Nowadays, SOLVAY processes solution mining in two salt mining concessions in a rather complex deposit composed of salt lenses underlying 170 m to 300 m deep. The exploitation scheme relies on a regular network of deep boreholes enabling air and clear water injection with brine extraction till the underground communication between boreholes. The brine is transported through pipeline up to the SOLVAY Marittimo chemical plant located at Rosignano.email@example.com
Such a solution mining method induces periodically ground failures originating from the underground cavities created by the dissolution process, sometimes along with landslides. These geohazards raise a risk for the mining staff operating periodically on surface along the access tracks and working zones (drill heads, engineering structures and networks).
To better manage and prevent those geotechnical risks, SOLVAY has entrusted Ineris, in 2015, to the operational management of the microseismic monitoring network based on the e.cenaris web infrastructure. The solution aims to yield early warnings related to underground failures propagating upwards till the surface, relying on the routine analysis of the seismic activity. This strategy provides the best approach for the safety at work in such a mining context.