Every year in Europe the aggregate and industrial minerals industry produces around 1.35 billion tons of blasted rock. During the blasting operations an amount of around 270 million tons of material, smaller than 10 mm to 20 mm is generated. This material, around 20 % of the total production, is too fine to be used efficiently and therefore has to be put on waste dumps. The aim of the project is now to reduce this amount of lost material by 50 % through the adaptation of the explosives and timing procedure to the natural breakage characteristic of the rock. The project consortium is formed of nine partners from four EU member states and consists of the two major producers of explosives in Europe, a large Swedish limestone producer, a Spanish cement and aggregate producer with 11 quarry sites and an Austrian aggregate producer (SME operation) with 3 quarries. In addition four blast research centers are partners in the project.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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