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Mining is almost similar to production, but it has several specific characteristics. First of all, mining enterprise must have access to the resource — natural field (oil, ore, salt, sugar, diamonds etc). All fields are state-owned enterprises, so they can be sold to players in the open auction (for virtual currency), or directly for game points. You also can purchase mines at secondary market (auction sale). Mining enterprises use special equipment — it is not similar to other industrial machines. Mining equipment is produced at machine-building factories. There is no «Supply» section, since natural resources are raw materials and therefore don't require any other materials or half-finished products. All other sections (Sales, Technology, Enterprise expenses) are completely identical to «Production» sections.
Field reserve — the current amount of unextracted raw material. Can be replenished by conducting a geological research (costs points). In this case the added amount of the resource is 20% less than the amount added when building a new mine (the cost in points is equal). 10 weeks before the approximate date of reserve exhaustion you receive a notification that mining is about to end. After the field has been exhausted, the mine turnes into a warehouse of the same specialization and of the size corresponding to the amount of the extracted resource. The system will keep the reserve of extracted resource, but remove your equipment and fire your workers.
Complexity of mining — energy consumption depends on this figure. In the reference article the indicated volume of the resource extracted corresponds to the 3rd level of the extraction complexity. When the level is lower the amount of the extracted resource increases by 40% (power function) for each complexity level; if the level is higher - the amount is reduced according to the same scheme.
Mine size — this figure determines maximal production volume.
Specialization — the current specialization of your enterprise (at the moment all mines have only one basic specialization).
Technology level — the current technology level influences quality and quantity of produced material and sets the requirements for equipment and employees.
Maximal quality of produced material — basic quality of raw material for the current mine. This figure is fixed (from 1 (means bad) to 5 (means good).
Equipment number — quantity of installed equipment. Along with Number of workers, it determines the current production load and current production capability (volume of produced material).
Equipment quality — the installation of the equipment of the quality higher than required does not influence the production.
Equipment wear — the current level of the technical wear. High degree of technical wear effects overall efficiency, which decreases quality and quantity of the output. Even if your equipment has 100% efficiency, volume of produced goods still gradually goes down — proportionally to the wear ratio.
Staff qualification — the current qualification of employees. If the employees have too high qualification, it does not have any positive effect on production, but sets new requirements for the top-manager's qualification in «Mining» .
Production efficiency — the main figure to evaluate production management. 100% efficiency means that the level ratio between enterprise size, technology level, quality and quantity of equipment, qualification and number of employees and top-manager's efficiency is optimal. Low efficiency results in the drop of production volume and quality, the increased amount of defective goods, and, therefore, the loss of competitive ability.
Efficiency depends on 4 basic figures:
- staff efficiency
- equipment efficiency
- «Mining» qualification of top-manager
- main office efficiency
You can use «Put up for auction» function. This option is available for all enterprises with high income, purchased from the state fund (originally, these enterprises were state property — mines, sawmills, lands). If you want to know more, go to «Laws — Auction regulations» section.
Quality of certain resource depends on the field quality, technology level and enterprise efficiency. See the reference table below:
|Technological level||Maximum quality of raw materials according to the base quality of the field|