Horizon 2020 research project "Integrated Mobile Modularised Plant and Containerised Tools for sustainable, selective, low-impact mining of small, high-grade or complex deposits" - IMP@CT (2016-2020)
University of Eastern Finland responsible leader: Professor Rauno Sairinen, UEF
Olga Sidorenko, UEF
EU Horizon 2020 research project ‘Integrated Mobile Modularised Plant and Containerised Tools for sustainable, selective, low-impact mining of small, high-grade or complex deposits’ – IMP@CT aims to develop mechanisms to enhance the response of raw material supply to rapid fluctuations in market forces, utilising high grade or small complex deposits in Europe. Today, the raw material market is facing an over-production crisis in which many companies continue to produce at very low prices. In this way, many small companies have ceased to trade and only those companies that hold the largest world-class deposits are secure. The IMP@CT project suggests solution that develops a new "switch on" - "switch off" (SOSO) mining paradigm to facilitate smaller operators in Europe to work small high grade or complex deposits by developing rescaled modularized plant that can be hired, in order to reduce capital investment.
The role of UEF research group will be to consider how proposed mining paradigm is linked with the concept of social sustainability. Based on case studies in the West Balkans, the social component will include the development of Social Impact Assessment framework for evaluating community and welfare impact of SOSO extraction and analysis of social impacts in dialogue with relevant local stakeholders.
The IMP@CT consortium brings together academic and public organisations from UK, Germany, Finland and France, undertaking research in geological, metallurgical, environmental and societal fields, with industrial partners concerned with design and production of innovative mining equipment and total processing solutions.
More information can be found on IMP@CT website: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/impactmine/