Polish Mining Group to join EU's key geological project

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The Polish Mining Group (PGG), the country's biggest coal producer, will take part in the next edition of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), the EU's biggest geological project, with a test site to be located in one of the PGG's mines.

Bringing together scientists from 25 countries, the EPOS integrates seismological and geodetic networks, as well as incorporates satellite and gravimetric observations. The PLN 50 mln (EUR 11.58 mln) Polish section of the project, the EPOS-PL+, is financed mainly by EU funds.

Poland has been part of the initiative since 2010.

The project's new three-year edition was inaugurated in the Polish southern city of Katowice on Tuesday, with several Polish academic and research institutes taking part, alongside the PGG.

In the 2020-2023 edition of the project, Poland will build a satellite database and a modern IT platform for research on artificial intelligence. Within the EPOS-PL+, Poland will also buy state-of-the-art equipment for measuring the vibration of the earth's crust.

The PGG will set up a specialised test site in its Marcel Mine near Rybnik, south Poland.