Field Trip to mine sites in Bosnia and Serbia
31 July – 11 August, 2017
For the first seven days, at the Olovo mine, active and historic underground workings were visited daily, allowing the external participants to get a good overview of the different geological properties of the ore zones and the host rock across different levels. Following this, for several days, the observed mineralisation styles were documented at the 580 level through detailed mapping, photography and sampling. We concentrated on methods to capture the close spaced variability that is commonly associated with narrow vein complex deposits.
Towards the end of the trip, a visit to the MINECO database geologist, Mr. Milan Milasinovic gave a significant insight to the commonly encountered resource estimation issues on deposit with complex geology and low data. On the final day, the team visited historic workings of Austro Hungarian (1720s) and Roman origin at Mineco’s Rudnik Mine in Serbia. This will feed into action point 2 of Task 2.2, investigating the issues of historic and ancient mining, and what practices could be relevant to this project (if any). We also were able to visit a recently open narrow vein, which is being mined in a shrinkage stoping method at the Rudnik Mine.
IMP@CT site visit to Olovo Mine in Bosnia
Members from all partners in the IMP@CT Consortium have just completed the first project workshop and mine visit to the Olovo mine in Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Members of the team about to enter the mine
The workshop included meeting members of the community and learning about the specific social situation in the region
On site workshops and safety briefings were conducted, organised and lead by the host institution and mine owners, Mineco, who are a partner in the IMP@CT Consortium.
The Olovo mine is a lead cerussite deposit. The word Olovo means lead.
Some members of the IMP@CT Project spent a day visiting another mine at Gorazde, an antimony deposit.
The IMP@CT press release has now been issued:
The first IMP@CT Stakeholder meeting, London, 27 and 28 March.
Day One focused on ethical issues in the project and in small-scale mining more generally. An exciting programme of speakers covered many topics on this complex and important area, which has repercussions throughout the mining industry. Read the full programme here
Day Two was devoted to the technical challenges of the IMP@CT process of switch-on, switch-off mining, and had an equally diverse range of speakers who shared their experiences and expertise in a range of presentations and discussions.
IMP@CT is fully funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme; Grant no 730411