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Passive seismic techniques for environmentally friendly and cost efficient mineral exploration

Objective

"The PACIFIC consortium will develop a new, low-cost and environmentally friendly tool for exploring for mineral deposits beneath the surface. The approach will build on the ""traditional"" passive seismic method, which is capable of providing useful broad-brush background information about the geological and structural setting of mineralised regions, but lacks the resolution needed for reliable identification of ore bodies. Two radically new developments are planned; reflection passive seismics, which is appropriate from greenfields exploration, and the multi-array method, which will typically be deployed during drilling or in brownfields exploration. Both techniques have major advantages over current techniques, namely relatively low cost and minor impact on the environment. Through the participation of two mineral exploration companies in the project, the two techniques will be validated on test sites in Canada and Sweden, thus brought from TRL2 to TRL5. Research on social acceptance and public perception of risk for mining activities will accompany the deployment and testing of the techniques.
The PACIFIC consortium comprises a major university and a research institute who will develop the theoretical background and codes for data treatment, a mid-tier mining company and a junior exploration company who will provide logistic support and access to test sites, two small service companies who will conduct the surveys and analyse the data, a geological survey who will conduct research on public opinion, and a company who will manage the project.
The PACIFIC project will thereby transfer the fruits of cutting-edge scientific research to industry and launch the development and deployment of new mineral exploration methods. This will enhance the competitiveness of the European mineral exploration industry, contribute to the discovery of new European ore deposits and decrease the dependence of European industry on imported mineral products.
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Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2017-OneStageB
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 806 250

Participants (9)

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 675 125
Address
Burlington Road 10
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STILLWATER CANADA INC

Participation ended

Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
90, Peninsula Rd
P0T 2E0 Marathon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SISPROBE
France
EU contribution
€ 451 136
Address
24 Allee Des Vulpains
38240 Meylan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BEOWULF MINING PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 373,09
Address
201 Temple Chambers 3-7 Temple Avenue
EC4Y0DT London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Department of Environment, Climate and Communications
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 235 570
Address
Adelaide Road 29-31
D02 X285 Dublin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY)LTD
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 465 360
Address
Equitania Farm Bredell Road Off The R44
7130 Somerset West
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 279 125
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Oy Fennoscandian Resources Ab
Finland
EU contribution
€ 86 126,91
Address
C/o Rasmus Blomqvist - Laivurintie 11
21100 Nadendal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GENERATION PGM INC.
Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
100 King St. West Suite 7010
M5X1B1 Toronto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)