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Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for Selective, Low-impact Mining of Small High-grade Deposits

Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for Selective, Low-impact Mining of Small High-grade Deposits

Objective

The current mining paradigm promotes extraction from large ‘world-class’ deposits that have required innovations in mining techniques to deal with low grades, large infrastructure to deal with high throughputs and large feasibility studies to prove long-term commercial viability. High investment in operations is no longer available in the current economic climate and many small companies have ceased to trade, concentrating production and limiting the ability of the raw materials market to respond to increased demand for raw materials or shortages in raw material supply. The problem is most extreme for critical raw materials that are produced in small quantities relative to traditional metal commodities because the potential return on investment is too low. The IMPaCT project proposes a solution that develops a new switch on-switch off (SOSO) mining paradigm to improve the viability of many critical metal and other small complex deposits.
The whole systems approach that we have adopted to realise the SOSO mining paradigm centres around technological innovations in mining equipment design and mine planning that would reduce the feasibility studies required, throughput of extracted material, infrastructure, land use, resource consumption and waste. Successful business models for SOSO mining require that mining and processing technologies can be adapted to multiple deposits and commodities. Risks that are associated with the approach concern geological uncertainty, metallurgical variability and social acceptance. The work programme aims to develop the proof-of-concept of total and sustainable mining and processing solutions using case studies in the West Balkans, and subsequently to examine the step-changes that would be required for the technology to be applied globally. The companies involved in the project intend to commercialise the results. Dissemination activities include feedback to European and national policy makers, and the mining industry in general.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Address

The Queen'S Drive Northcote House
Ex4 4qj Exeter

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 293 772,99

Participants (9)

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BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 672 476,25

MINECO LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 393 658,75

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 419 781,25

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 664 956,25

EXTRACTHIVE

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 260,76

GLOBAL ECOPROCESS SERVICES OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 294 781,25

CYMRU COAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 359 622,50

RADOS INTERNATIONAL SERVICES LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 297 906,25

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 334 603,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730411

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 991 820

  • EU contribution

    € 6 991 820

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom