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Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy

Objective

With an estimated volume of 600 Mtonne/yr and a historic stockpile of 28,000 Mtonne, sulphidic mining waste from the production of Cu, Pb, Zn and Ni, represents the largest volume of extractive waste in Europe. When poorly managed, these “tailings” may cause major environmental problems such as acid mine drainage. In 2016 EIP Raw Materials launched a “call to arms” to transform the “extractive-waste problem” into a “resource-recovery opportunity”, as “tailings” still contain valuable & critical metals. Using a “4 PILOTS – 2 case-studies” concept NEMO develops, demonstrates and exploits, therefore, new ways to valorise sulphidic tailings. The 2 cases are the Sotkamo Ni-Cu-Zn-REE/Sc mine in Finland and the Las Cruces Cu-mine in Spain; the 4 PILOTS are located at key points in the near-zero-waste flowsheet, encompassing the recovery of valuable & critical metals, the safe concentration of hazardous elements, the removal of sulphur as sulphate salts, while using the residual mineral fraction in cement, concrete and construction products. NEMO has established an interdisciplinary consortium, including 8 industrial partners (2 mining, 4 engineering, 1 machine manufacturing & 1 construction material company), 4 research institutes, 2 universities and 1 civil society group. NEMO’s near-zero-waste technology will provide the EU with both direct and long-term, indirect advantages. The former range from new resources (e.g. base metals: Cu, Zn, Ni, Pb; critical metals: Sc, Nd, Y, Sb; SCM and aggregates etc.), CO2 savings from metal recovery and the replacement of Ordinary Portland Cement), new job creation (> 150 FTEs), new revenues (> 200 M€/yr) while the latter represent the multiplication of the former benefits (cf. 28,000 Mtonne of these tailings), while eradicating acid-mine drainage and other environmental issues, and ensuring an enhanced dialogue (framework) between industry and civil society, to obtain and maintain the License to Operate mines in EU.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SC5-2017-TwoStage

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Net EU contribution
€ 2 340 897,74
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (16)

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 450 800,00
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
IDENER TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 322 700,00
Address
Calle Early Ovington 4 Nave 8
41300 La Rinconada (Sevilla)

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 138 300,00
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 779 625,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TERRAFAME GROUP OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 218 750,00
Address
Aleksanterinkatu 17/ 800
00101 Helsinki

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Etelä-Savo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 93 750,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

TERRAFAME OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 638 750,00
Address
Talvivaarantie 66
88120 Tuhkakyla

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Kainuu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 273 750,00
THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 294 157,50
Address
Thyssenkrupp Allee 1
45143 Essen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Essen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 126 067,50
RESOURCEFULL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 160 453,13
Address
Naamsevest 18
3000 Leuven

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 68 765,62
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 1 398 390,00
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans

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Region
Centre — Val de Loire Centre — Val de Loire Loiret
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SKYSCAPE OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 049 125,00
Address
Vesipirtintie 19A
02330 Espoo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 449 625,00
JACOBS NV
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 147 437,50
Address
Berlaarbaan 404
2861 Onze Lieve Vrouw Waver

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Mechelen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 63 187,50
COBRE LAS CRUCES SA

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Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 51 095,87
Address
Avenida De El Garrobo 4
41860 Gerena Sevilla

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Region
Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 21 898,23
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU METALE NEFEROASE SIRARE-IMNR
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 365 341,25
Address
Bulevardul Biruintei 102
077145 Pantelimon Ilfov

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Region
Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Ilfov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
COMITE ACADEMICO TECNICO DE ASESORAMIENTO A PROBLEMAS AMBIENTALES VZW
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 374 687,50
Address
Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein 5 6
9000 Gent

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 643 584,14
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter

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Region
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
DMT GmbH & CO. KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 87 500,00
Address
Am Tuv 1
45307 Essen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Essen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 37 500,00
BOLIDEN MINERAL AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 1 084 000,00
Address
.
932 81 Skelleftehamn

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 464 571,43