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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB
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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)

3GSM GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 424 050
Address
Pluddemanngasse 77
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BENITO ARNO E HIJOS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 373 250
Address
Ensenyanca 1
25002 Lleida
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 241 180
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
VA ERZBERG GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 518 002,50
Address
Erzberg 1
8790 Eisenerz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INVESTORNET-GATE2GROWTH APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 276 875
Address
Diplomvej 381 St
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 800 362,50
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAXAMCORP INTERNATIONAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 951 250
Address
Avenida Del Partenon Numero 16 5 Planta
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINPOL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 424 392,50
Address
Hauptstrasse 1
2721 Bad Fischau-brunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 173 812,50
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINERA DE ORGIVA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 307 000
Address
Polig 13, Parcela 1 - Minas Carriles
18400 Orgiva Granada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 199 500
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZABALA INNOVATION CONSULTING, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 491 312,50
Address
Paseo Santxiki 3 Bis
31192 Mutilva Alta Navarra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)