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Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies

Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies

Objective

The main economic, technological and environmental challenges of small mining include reducing high investment costs, reducing generation of waste and large tailings, identifying and addressing environmental impacts, and improving flexibility, automation and safety of operations. However, at the moment, there is no quick-fix available to reduce the environmental impact from mines, and it is neither realistic to expect production solutions very distant from today’s technologies. Considering that the present mining technology is based on rock blasting and mobile mining equipment for loading and transportation, the major challenge is to generate a new sustainable systemic solution that affects positively the relevant mining value chain.

SLIM aims to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low impact mining solution based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases) through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations.

SLIM consortium is led by UPM (es), with LTU (se), MUL (at) and TUG (at) as Research Insitutions, 3GSM (at - Rock fragmentation and blasting software), MAXAM (es - Explosives), ORGIVA (es - Fluorite mine) and ERZBERG (at - Iron mine) and ARNO (es - Quarry) as validators in relevant environment. BRGM (fr), INVESTORNET (dk), MINPOL (at), and ZABALA (es) complement the Environmental and Economic assessments, the Communication and Dissemination activities and Social Awareness actions.

SLIM addresses the following issue: a) Sustainable selective low impact mining (2016), it has a planned duration of 48 months and a budget of €6,979,200 requesting €6,979,200 of EU funding.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Address

Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 798 212,50

Participants (12)

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3GSM GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 424 050

BENITO ARNO E HIJOS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 373 250

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 241 180

VA ERZBERG GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 518 002,50

INVESTORNET-GATE2GROWTH APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 276 875

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 800 362,50

MAXAMCORP INTERNATIONAL SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 951 250

MINPOL GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 424 392,50

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 1 173 812,50

MINERA DE ORGIVA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 307 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 199 500

ZABALA INNOVATION CONSULTING, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 491 312,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730294

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 979 200

  • EU contribution

    € 6 979 200

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain