Conventional mining techniques result
in large amounts of secondary materials which are either dangerous
and therefore must be properly treated and disposed of, or which
are of little value. Better and more efficient separation techniques
could reduce the amount of these secondary materials and provide
an economic boost to the European mining industry.
This project aimed to develop and implement
improved state-of-the-art separation techniques for the minor elements
produced during mining operations. The new methods have led to dramatic
treatment capacity increases, and thus extremely significant processing
The environmental benefits are obvious
and the increase in competitivity seen at the southern European
exploitation site allowed the maintenance of the activity even during
the recent period of critically low metal prices. Partners say this
would not otherwise have been the case. The site is now once again
a global player in the field of mining and mineral valorisation.
Credit for the project's success goes to the excellent collaboration
between research and industrial partners.