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Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for Selective, Low-impact Mining of Small High-grade Deposits

Objective

The current mining paradigm promotes extraction from large ‘world-class’ deposits that have required innovations in mining techniques to deal with low grades, large infrastructure to deal with high throughputs and large feasibility studies to prove long-term commercial viability. High investment in operations is no longer available in the current economic climate and many small companies have ceased to trade, concentrating production and limiting the ability of the raw materials market to respond to increased demand for raw materials or shortages in raw material supply. The problem is most extreme for critical raw materials that are produced in small quantities relative to traditional metal commodities because the potential return on investment is too low. The IMPaCT project proposes a solution that develops a new switch on-switch off (SOSO) mining paradigm to improve the viability of many critical metal and other small complex deposits.
The whole systems approach that we have adopted to realise the SOSO mining paradigm centres around technological innovations in mining equipment design and mine planning that would reduce the feasibility studies required, throughput of extracted material, infrastructure, land use, resource consumption and waste. Successful business models for SOSO mining require that mining and processing technologies can be adapted to multiple deposits and commodities. Risks that are associated with the approach concern geological uncertainty, metallurgical variability and social acceptance. The work programme aims to develop the proof-of-concept of total and sustainable mining and processing solutions using case studies in the West Balkans, and subsequently to examine the step-changes that would be required for the technology to be applied globally. The companies involved in the project intend to commercialise the results. Dissemination activities include feedback to European and national policy makers, and the mining industry in general.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 293 772,99

Participants (9)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 672 476,25
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINECO LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 393 658,75
Address
Laser House, 132-140 Goswell Road
EC1V 7DY London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 419 781,25
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 664 956,25
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EXTRACTHIVE
France
EU contribution
€ 260 260,76
Address
Chemin De Montfaucon 18
30150 Saint-genies-de-comolas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GLOBAL ECOPROCESS SERVICES OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 294 781,25
Address
Elopellontie 1 G
33470 Ylojarvi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CYMRU COAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 359 622,50
Address
Unit 47 Vale Business Park Llandow
CF71 7PF Cowbridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RADOS INTERNATIONAL SERVICES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 297 906,25
Address
50-58 Victoria Road
GU14 7PG Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 334 603,75
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments