2018 IMP@CT Annual Project Meeting in Bristol, UK
IMP@CT held its Project Management Team Meeting in the UK on 22 and 23 February. It was a very informative and productive two days, with presentations and updates from almost all partners, and many decisions about the progress and next steps were made. In addition a separate WP6 kick off meeting was held, to get the Work Package off to a good start.
The First International Conference Mines of the Future at RWTH-Aachen, 23 & 24 May, 2018
IMP@CT at Aachen
Europe is not self-sufficient in critical raw materials and is currently dependent on raw material supplies from world class deposits across the globe. The IMP@CT Project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme is looking at developing an adaptable method of Switch-On, Switch-Off mining which would enable small and high-grade or complex ore deposits across Europe to be opened up in an economic and environmentally and socially sustainable way. IMP@CT is hosting a session on small-scale mining at the AIMS Conference in May, 2018, where project results and work in progress will be presented. The conveners invite abstracts that cover a wide range of topics related to the potential for small-scale mining. These can include, but are not limited to, ore deposit geology, the economics of mining, geometallurgy and minerals processing, and social and environmental sustainability.
Abstract submission is open and the deadline is 1st March 2018.
For more details and to register please visit the conference website;
First IMP@CT Newsletter published. Please download here
IMP@CT members took part in an event aiming to bring together projects with similar aims in mining. Watch this space for a full report soon.
Integrated Mobile Modularised Plant and Containerised Tools for sustainable, selective, low-impact mining of small, high-grade or complex deposits
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. Read more