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FAME Report Summary

Project ID: 641650
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.5.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FAME (Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing Technologies)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The FAME (Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing Technologies) Project started on 1 January 2015 and will run for four years. It is an industry driven Research and Innovation Project comprising a majority of research oriented small and medium enterprises (SME’s) junior mining companies, research institutions and academia. The objectives of the Project are:

• to develop flexible modular and economic, mineral processing technologies for Greisen, Skarn and Pegmatite ores that are environmentally benign,
• to carry out mineralogical investigations to assist selection of the best processing approach for the ores;
• to create a new raw material base and awareness;
• to promote entrepreneurship and the (re) development of the EU mining and processing industry;
• to stimulate and develop job growth and expertise within the EU; and
• to disseminate the findings and results through the FAME website and through marketing activities.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Eight Work Packages (WPs) have been designed to deliver the project. There is a general work flow between the Packages, especially WP’s 3, 4, 5 (Mineral Processing test work) and 6 (Environmental Performance) with WP1 (Management), WP7 (Dissemination) and WP8 (Ethics) delivering throughout the project (i.e. all 48 months).

To enable accurate assessment of the findings a thorough analysis of the state-of-the-art and new technologies was undertaken for the processing of tin and tungsten ores. Additionally, a review was made of the current status and manufacturing capacity for mobile mineral processing equipment. Each Work Package has a specific function and the progress to-date and any notable results are summarised below.

Progress has been made in all tasks within WP’s 3, 4 and 5 envisaged to be started within the initial 18 months of the Project. At this stage, unsurprisingly, nothing has been developed towards final process flow sheet design. However, significant progress and promising results have been obtained on the use of electro-fragmentation within the comminution part of the mineral processing circuit. This technology gives the potential to reduce overall energy consumption and reduce the amount of fines generated due to over-grinding whilst maintaining acceptably high recoveries during later stages of mineral processing. The potential need for further investigation of electro-fragmentation in this respect was highlighted by members of the FAME Industrial Advisory Board.

Whilst it is not the specific aim of FAME to develop specific flow sheets for specific ore deposits, within the FAME Consortium a number are aiming to bring deposits (some of which are FAME Reference Sites) into production. Hence, whilst the test programmes are designed to be generic, i.e. capable of implementation at any similar site, work of direct relevance to the development of optimized mineral processing flow sheets particularly relevant to these ore deposits is a natural consequence. Partners such as Saxore, European Metals, Colt Resources and Keliber are actively engaged to direct the work programmes to ensure that rather than research of purely academic interest, the results generated within FAME are capable of rapid implementation commercially.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The Project has made excellent progress but it is too early to determine the expected final results. Sample sites have been identified and samples are still being gathered and characterisation is being conducted by Work Package 2. Research plans have been developed for Work Packages 3 and 4 and test work has commenced using bulk samples from the reference sites which were available from Q3 2015 onwards.

Risk associated with the delay in presenting the report on the economic potential of European ores were assessed and considered negligible to the project. Indeed, it was considered that the project benefited by the delay enabling a more comprehensive assessment to be made that could be better used to inform the test work programmes envisaged in WP’s 3, 4 and 5. The Economic Potential Report is regarded as a living document and an update was produced in June 2016. This Report highlights a number of European ores capable of development to produce minerals, including critical minerals, vital to European Industry.

In response to our Press Releases FAME has been well received by the media and various interviews have been conducted and articles have been published in the European Press. In addition, FAME Partners are promoting FAME by presenting at Mining Industry Conferences. FAME has presented at International Conferences, including MINEX Europe, 2015 in Vienna, PDA Toronto, 2016, Santiago 2016 and Lisbon 2015 and 2016. Two FAME related presentations were made at the International Biohydrometallurgy Conference held in Cornwall, UK in June 2016.

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