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New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology

Objective

BioMOre describes a “New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology”. The concept is to use hydrofracturing for stimulation and bioleaching for winning of ores. The final process will consist of a so-called doublet, which is two deviated and parallel wells.
In order to avoid high costs for drilling from the surface, the BioMOre approach is divided into two phases. Phase 1 will be research on the intended bioleaching process whereas phase 2 will aim at a pilot installation to demonstrate the applicability of the process in large scale including hydro-fracturing and access of the deposit from surface.
The first phase should cover the intended work of the current BioMOre approach without drilling from surface.
The BioMOre project aims at extracting metals from deep mineralized zones in Europe (Poland-Germany, Kupferschiefer deposit as a test case) by coupling solution mining and bioleaching. Selected sustainability indicators based on regulatory requirements of the European Commission will be applied for feasibility considerations.
The main objective of the BioMOre first phase is to design and build an underground test facility for testing the concept of combined hydro-fracturing and bioleaching. The test facility will comprise a 100 m² ore block, where boreholes will be drilled horizontally using standard equipment. All necessary equipment for testing different parameters of the intended bioleaching process will be established underground.
The intention is to test the bioleaching process in high detail in an in-situ environment at the same time avoiding time consuming and risky permission procedures. On the other hand, the application for the permission of underground test operation must contain detailed information about monitoring of tests and all material controls. No harmful substances will remain in the mine after the tests are completed. Further to that, predictive numerical modelling of a pilot installation should be done.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation/bioleaching
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/mining and mineral processing
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA
Address
Ul M Sklodowskiej Curie 48
59301 Lubin
Poland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 170 966,19

Participants (23)

Mineral Industry Research Organisation

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 301 164,98
Address
Copt Heath Drive 78
B93 9PB Solihull
Activity type
Other
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 69 365
Address
Al Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 407 293,75
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 308 852,50
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 360 000
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
COBRE LAS CRUCES SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 170 148,75
Address
Avda. El Garrobo 4
41860 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 387 435
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
DMT GmbH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 651 853,75
Address
Am Tuv 1
45307 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
G.E.O.S.INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 582 471,25
Address
Gewerbepark Schwarze Kiefern
09633 Halsbrucke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 136 616,25
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
HATCH ASSOCIATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 112 051,25
Address
3Th Floor Portland House Bressenden Place
SW1E 5BH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 348,75
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 321 250
Address
Sowinskiego 5
44 100 Gliwice
Activity type
Research Organisations
KEMAKTA KONSULT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 188 976,25
Address
Warfvingesvag 33 7Tr
112 51 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KGHM CUPRUM SPZOO ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA - CENTRUM BADAWCZO-ROZWOJOWE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 174 430,06
Address
Gen. W. Sikorskiego 2-8
53-659 Wroclaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KGHM KUPFER AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 7 880
Address
Bautzener Str. 54
02943 Weisswasser
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINTEK
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 44 971,25
Address
Malibongwe Drive 200
2125 Randburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 355 076,25
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 209 781,25
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UMWELT- UND INGENIEURTECHNIK GMBH DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 631 770
Address
Zum Windkanal 21
01109 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 232 000
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
G.U.B. INGENIEUR AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 168,75
Address
Katharinenstrasse 11
08056 Zwickau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINPOL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 368 090,52
Address
Hauptstrasse 1
2721 Bad Fischau-brunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)