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Breakthrough Solutions for the Sustainable Exploration and Extraction of Deep Sea Mineral Resources

Objective

Earth provides natural resources, such as fossil fuels and minerals, that are vital for Europe´s economy. As the global demand grows, especially for strategic metals, commodity prices rapidly rise and there is an identifiable risk of an increasing supply shortage of some metals, including those identified as critical to Europe's high technology sector. Hence a major element in any economy’s long-term strategy must be to respond to the increasing pressure on natural resources to ensure security of supply for these strategic metals. In today's rapidly changing global economic landscape, mining in the deep sea, specifically at hydrothermal vents and the vast areas covered by polymetallic nodules, has gone from a distant possibility to a likely reality within just a decade.
The extremely hostile conditions found on the deep-ocean floor pose specific challenges, both technically and environmentally, which are demanding and entirely different from land-based mining.
At present, European offshore industries and marine research institutions have some global advantage through their significant experience and technology and are well positioned to develop engineering and knowledge-based solutions to resource exploitation in these challenging and sensitive environments. However, against an international backdrop of state-sponsored research and development in sea floor resource discovery, assessment and extraction technologies, European operators are at an increasing disadvantage. Hence the recognised need to initiate pilot studies to develop breakthrough methodologies for the exploration, assessment and extraction of deep-sea minerals, as well as investigate the implications for economic and environmental sustainability.
The “Blue Mining” project will address all aspects of the entire value chain in this field, from resource discovery (WP1) to resource assessment (WP2), from exploitation technologies (WP3) to the legal and regulatory framework (WP5).

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

IHC MTI BV
Address
Smitweg 6
2961 AW Kinderdijk
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 049 354

Participants (19)

MHWIRTH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 160 202
Address
Koelner Strasse 71-73
41812 Erkelenz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DREDGING INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 422 450
Address
Scheldedijk 30, Haven 1025
2070 Zwijndrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 42 900
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 348 533
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
RAMBOLL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 320 440
Address
Stadtdeich 7
20097 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING MARITIEM RESEARCH INSTITUUT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 655 675
Address
Haagsteeg 2
6708 PM Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 246 801
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 777 900
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 574 710
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 459 668
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 517 022
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 434 711
Address
Campo Grande Edificio C1 Piso 3
1749 016 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 421 238
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SHIPYARDS AND MARITIME EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION OF EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 172 935
Address
Rue De La Loi 67
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
IHC MINING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 428 958
Address
Smitweg 6
2961 AW Kinderdijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
2H OFFSHORE ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 237 964
Address
Cherry Street 1-7 Woking
GU21 6EE Surrey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 370 042
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIRESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 358 496
Address
Delftechpark 37 J
2628 XJ Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GUARDSHIP BVBA

Participation ended

Belgium
Address
Maria Van Bourgondiestraat 52
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)