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New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology

Objective

BioMOre describes a “New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology”. The concept is to use hydrofracturing for stimulation and bioleaching for winning of ores. The final process will consist of a so-called doublet, which is two deviated and parallel wells.
In order to avoid high costs for drilling from the surface, the BioMOre approach is divided into two phases. Phase 1 will be research on the intended bioleaching process whereas phase 2 will aim at a pilot installation to demonstrate the applicability of the process in large scale including hydro-fracturing and access of the deposit from surface.
The first phase should cover the intended work of the current BioMOre approach without drilling from surface.
The BioMOre project aims at extracting metals from deep mineralized zones in Europe (Poland-Germany, Kupferschiefer deposit as a test case) by coupling solution mining and bioleaching. Selected sustainability indicators based on regulatory requirements of the European Commission will be applied for feasibility considerations.
The main objective of the BioMOre first phase is to design and build an underground test facility for testing the concept of combined hydro-fracturing and bioleaching. The test facility will comprise a 100 m² ore block, where boreholes will be drilled horizontally using standard equipment. All necessary equipment for testing different parameters of the intended bioleaching process will be established underground.
The intention is to test the bioleaching process in high detail in an in-situ environment at the same time avoiding time consuming and risky permission procedures. On the other hand, the application for the permission of underground test operation must contain detailed information about monitoring of tests and all material controls. No harmful substances will remain in the mine after the tests are completed. Further to that, predictive numerical modelling of a pilot installation should be done.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-SC5-2014-one-stage

Coordinator

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 170 966,19
Address
Ul M Sklodowskiej Curie 48
59301 Lubin
Poland

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Region
Dolnośląskie Legnicko-głogowski
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (24)

Mineral Industry Research Organisation

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 301 164,98
Address
Copt Heath Drive 78
B93 9PB Solihull
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Solihull
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 69 365,00
Address
Al Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow

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Region
Makroregion południowy Małopolskie Miasto Kraków
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 407 293,75
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor

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Region
Wales West Wales and The Valleys Gwynedd
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 308 852,50
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover

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Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 360 000,00
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans

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Centre — Val de Loire Centre — Val de Loire Loiret
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Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
COBRE LAS CRUCES SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 170 148,75
Address
Avenida De El Garrobo 4
41860 Gerena Sevilla

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Andalucía Sevilla
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€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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€ 292 132,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 95 302,50
Address
Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex

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Grand Est Lorraine Meurthe-et-Moselle
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
DMT GmbH & CO. KG
Germany
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€ 651 853,75
Address
Am Tuv 1
45307 Essen

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Essen, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
G.E.O.S.INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 582 471,25
Address
Gewerbepark Schwarze Kiefern
09633 Halsbrucke

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Mittelsachsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 136 616,25
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
HATCH ASSOCIATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 1 112 051,25
Address
3th Floor Portland House Bressenden Place
SW1E 5BH London

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London Inner London — West Westminster
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 150 348,75
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 321 250,00
Address
Sowinskiego 5
44 100 Gliwice

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Region
Makroregion południowy Śląskie Gliwicki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
KEMAKTA KONSULT AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 188 976,25
Address
Warfvingesvag 33 7tr
112 51 Stockholm

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
KGHM CUPRUM SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA - CENTRUM BADAWCZO- ROZWOJOWE
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 174 430,06
Address
Ul Generała Władysława Sikorskiego 2-8
53-659 Wrocław

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Other funding
€ 0,00
KGHM KUPFER AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 7 880,00
Address
Bautzener Str. 54
02943 Weisswasser

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Görlitz
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
MINTEK
South Africa
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€ 44 971,25
Address
Malibongwe Drive 200
2125 Randburg

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€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
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€ 355 076,25
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg

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Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Mittelsachsen
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
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€ 209 781,25
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere

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Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Pirkanmaa
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€ 0,00
UMWELT- UND INGENIEURTECHNIK GMBH DRESDEN
Germany
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€ 631 770,00
Address
Zum Windkanal 21
01109 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
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€ 0,00
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
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€ 232 000,00
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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€ 0,00
G.U.B. INGENIEUR AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 222 168,75
Address
Katharinenstrasse 11
08056 Zwickau

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Zwickau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
MINPOL GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 368 090,52
Address
Hauptstrasse 1
2721 Bad Fischau-brunn

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Niederösterreich Niederösterreich-Süd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00