Project Workshop: Balkans
The second Balkans workshop was held in Bosnia and Serbia, 2-5 July 2018, and hosted by Mineco, and the Gross Mine at Srebenica in Bosnia. A full day’s visit was spent at Zayace, in Serbia., where workshops, and facilities visits were conducted in groups, and included an underground visit.
The First International Conference MINES OF THE FUTURE, AIMS 2018 was held at RWTH Aachen on 23-24 May 2018. The IMPaCT Project held a special session during the conference which was well attended, and consisted of two Keynote speakers – Dr Kathryn Moore and Dominic Roberts from IMP@CT, and five further presentations from IMP@CT partners as well as posters, and participation in a panel discussion on the subject of “Mines of the future need to be different from those of today?”
Dr Kathryn Moore (UNEXE) The emerging niche of small-scale mining (Keynote address)
Dominic Roberts (MINECO) The Future of European Mining (Keynote address)
Guillaume Bertrand (BRGM) IMP@CT baseline database for ‘switch-on switch-off’ extraction
Olga Sidorenko (UEF) Reconsidering small-scale mining and its community relations in Europe: developing a research frame for case studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Luke Palmer (UNEXE) Definition of mineral respurces during exploration and exploitation in a ‘switch-on switch-off’ mining context
Lars Barnewold (RWTH) Development of a mine pan for a flexible switch-on switch-off mining system in steeply dipping deposits
Jerome Bodin (BRGM) Linking mineral processing simulation with life cycle assessment to evaluate the potential environmental impacts in the framework of small-scale mining technologies development
Saeid Moradi (UNEXE) Poster: Designing the IMP@CT modular mobile containerised mineral processing plant
Marjan Knobloch (RWTH) Poster: Prediction of the acid and metalliferous drainage-forming potential for the Gorazde antimony deposit, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Marius Braun (RWTH) Poster: Ventilation systems for future mining operations
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