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HUNOSA’s Sotón Shaft, the first mine which can be visited on Google Street View

HUNOSA’s Sotón Shaft, the first mine which can be visited on Google Street View

27/05/2016 - Oviedo
Press release HUNOSA

HUNOSA’s Sotón Shaft, at the Asturian municipality of San Martín del Rey Aurelio, is the first mining facility in the world to offer a virtual visit of its interior thanks to the 360º photographs taken by Google Street View.

Thanks to this project, which has been setup by the state-owned coal company, users will be able to have access to the mine’s interior through their terminals. The collection of images taken by Mr. Ramón Jiménez, a Google Street View’s accredited photographer, makes possible the virtual movement through the interior of the mine and accessing the cage in which miners went down until reaching the tenth level, 580 meters below the surface.

There, the user can watch with all detail the work carried out by the face workers, the mine train, and progress along 1 kilometer through the shaft, from which coal has not been extracted since 2014.

During the presentation of this initiative, HUNOSA’s Chairperson, Ms. María Teresa Mallada stressed that it constitutes a new way of promoting the great industrial heritage owned by the coal mining company.

Furthermore, Ms. Mallada added that this initiative supplements the tourist project with guided visits which was setup by HUNOSA less than a year ago at this mining shaft, and in which visitors, wearing boots, overalls, helmet and a lamp can go 600 meters down the surface in order to access the mine’s depths.

The inclusion of Pozo Sotón into Google Street View allows making known this tourist project through a platform which can be accessed by more than one billion persons.

Photo copyright: Google Street View


HUNOSA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of around 73,000 professionals in 2014; the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further ten companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.

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