What we are
Although the most common association with the word “mine” might be a vision of a fairytale world of dark, underground galleries, the actual mine of today is a network of pipelines, pumping stations and chamber visualisations displayed on computer screens in control rooms Our daily routine activities focus on storing oil and fuel under the ground, extraction of salt brine and packaging of salt products.
Salt consists of two elements: sodium and chlorine. Life without salt seems unlikely, as it retains water in the body. Scientific research has proved that a few grams of salt a day are necessary to keep us going. Also, salt is a natural flavour-improving and preserving agent.
Salt finds a lot of industrial applications, being an essential material in the food industry, meat processing, manufacture of glass and chemicals, heat and power generation, as well as refrigerating. It is widely used in medicine, as an animal fodder ingredient, a water-treatment agent for swimming pools and aquariums, or even for winter road maintenance.
It is hard to believe that the history of domestic salt goes back as far as to antiquity. In ancient times salt was incredibly difficult and dangerous to acquire, yet it was very profitable, as salt used to be almost literally worth its weight in gold. In the 17th-century Poland salt works brought their owners as big fortunes as farmland. Salt has always been treated with respect it earned as one of the most useful minerals.
Nowadays, salt is not as expensive as it was in ancient Greece or Rome, so we often forget that we are surrounded by salt - in foodstuffs, medicines, leather, glass, pool water and detergents. It is also used in textile manufacturing processes.
There is no life without salt. That is why SOLINO SA undertakes to supply you with the highest quality salt products, striving to make every customer happy with the choice they made.
Salt brine is obtained from two facilities operated by the Company in Góra and Mogilno. Although they are mines, there are no miners going underground. Instead, a borehole mining system is used, controlled from the surface. It consists in the introduction of pipe columns into the cavern and forcing water into one columns, which results in brine flowing out of the other column.
We take pride in being the biggest supplier of salt brine in Poland, extracting approximately 9 million cubic metres a year. The brine is pumped through a network of pipelines to Poland’s largest soda and chemical plants situated in the area, as well as to the spa of Inowrocław.
Underground Oil and Fuel Storage
In the fully-automated salt mine of Góra the extraction of brine by means of underground leaching of the salt dome through wells drilled from the surface leaves worked-out salt caverns, 350 m under the ground. These caverns provide a unique place to store liquid energy carriers.
In 2002 the Underground Oil and Fuel Storage was set up in the borehole mine at Góra near Inowrocław. The storage makes use of the latest technology and existing favourable geological conditions of the salt dome: plasticity, resistance and – especially – its chemical neutrality in contact with petroleum derivatives. This method of storing oil and fuels has been internationally accepted as the safest and most environmental friendly.
Modern management methods with the application of advanced IT systems, computer control and a number of protective devices make this solution much safer than surface storage tanks. The operating design approaches ensure careful monitoring of storage processes and pose no threat to the natural environment.