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Integrated innovative metallurgical system to benefit efficiently polymetallic, complex and low grade ores and concentrates

Objective

The INTMET approach represents a unique technological breakthrough to overcome the limitations related to difficult low grade and complex ores to achieve high efficient recovery of valuable metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Ag) and CRM (Co, In, Sb). Main objective of INTMET is applying on-site mine-to-metal hydroprocessing of the produced concentrates enhancing substantially raw materials efficiency thanks to increase Cu+Zn+Pb recovery over 60% vs. existing selective flotation. 3 innovative hydrometallurgical processes (atmospheric, pressure and bioleaching), and novel more effective metals extraction techniques (e.g. Cu/Zn-SX-EW, chloride media, MSA, etc) will be developed and tested at relevant environment aiming to maximise metal recovery yield and minimising energy consumption and environmental footprint. Additionally secondary materials like tailings and metallurgical wastes will be tested as well for metals recovery and sulphur valorisation. The technical, environmental and economic feasibility of the entire approaches will be evaluated to ensure a real business solution of the integrated INTMET process.
INTMET will be economically viable thanks to diversification of products (Cu, Zn, Pb), high-profitable solution (producing commodities not concentrates), with lower operation and environmental costs (on-site hydroprocessing will avoid transport to smelters) and allowing mine-life extension developing a new business-model concept based on high efficient recovery of complex ores that will ensure EU mining industry competitiveness and employment.
INTMET is fully aligned with EIP-RM validated in the PolymetOre Commitment where most of INTMET partners take part on and the market up-take solutions are guaranteed by an exploitation from industrially-driven consortia composed by 3 Mines, 2 SMEs (AGQ -waste&water tech provider; MINPOL -policy & exploitation expert), 2 tech providers (OUTOTEC and TR) and 5 complementary RTD´s with expertise in leaching and recovery metals processing

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation/bioleaching
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

COBRE LAS CRUCES SA
Address
Avda. El Garrobo 4
41860 Sevilla
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 737 426,25

Participants (12)

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 34 475
Address
Ul M Sklodowskiej Curie 48
59301 Lubin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOMINCOR - SOCIEDADE MINEIRA DE NEVES-CORVO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 194 875
Address
Minas De Neves Corvo
7780 409 Castro Verde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 799 875
Address
Rauhalanpuisto 9
02230 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 710 625
Address
Calle Arapiles 14
28015 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 419 000
Address
Sowinskiego 5
44 100 Gliwice
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINTEK
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 327 748,75
Address
Malibongwe Drive 200
2125 Randburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINING AND METALLURGY INSTITUTE BOR LTD
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 904 656,25
Address
Zeleni Bulevar 35
19210 Bor
Activity type
Other
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 581 893,75
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGQ MINING & BIOENERGY SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 301 275
Address
Ctra A-433 Km 24 3
41220 Burguillos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU METALE NEFEROASE SIRARE-IMNR
Romania
EU contribution
€ 370 001,25
Address
Bulevardul Biruintei 102
077145 Pantelimon Ilfov
Activity type
Research Organisations
TIESS GUNTER

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Dreistetten 120/1
2753 Dreistetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINPOL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 453 125
Address
Hauptstrasse 1
2721 Bad Fischau-brunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)