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

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.
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Coordinator

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA

Address

Ul M Sklodowskiej Curie 48
59301 Lubin

Poland

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 170 966,19

Participants (25)

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Mineral Industry Research Organisation

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 301 164,98

AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 69 365

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 407 293,75

BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 308 852,50

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 360 000

COBRE LAS CRUCES SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 170 148,75

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 387 435

DMT GmbH & CO. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 651 853,75

G.E.O.S.INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 582 471,25

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 136 616,25

HATCH ASSOCIATES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 112 051,25

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 348,75

SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 321 250

KEMAKTA KONSULT AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 188 976,25

KGHM CUPRUM SPZOO ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA - CENTRUM BADAWCZO-ROZWOJOWE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 174 430,06

KGHM KUPFER AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 7 880

MINTEK

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 44 971,25

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 355 076,25

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 209 781,25

UMWELT- UND INGENIEURTECHNIK GMBH DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 631 770

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 232 000

G.U.B. INGENIEUR AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 168,75

MINPOL GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 368 090,52

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642456

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 July 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 564 961,75

  • EU contribution

    € 8 564 961,75

Coordinated by:

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA

Poland