Sustainable Low Impact Mining – Results and innovations of the SLIM project, Oct 2020, 7’17”

José A. Sanchidrián, coordinator of the project, introducing the SLIM approach.

Philipp Hartlieb about WP3 dedicated to environmental side effects of blasting, in particular vibrations and dust.

Elena Reig about WP10 Public Awareness. Acceptance, Trust and Communication and how to obtain a “Social Licence to Operate” in mining.

Celso Amor explains how Minera de Orgiva/Lújar Mine benefits from participating in the SLIM project.

Pablo Segarra about innovations achieved so far in Working Package 2 Rock/Explosive Interaction.

Miriam Baumgartner about SLIM’s interest in evaluating consequences of different blasting patterns.

Paulo Couceiro about developing a new explosive formulation, especially indicated where the nitrate leaching is a concern (WP4).

Why the SLIM project is important for mining companies like VA ERZBERG explained by Peter Schimek.

Patricia Pérez tells about joint mapping the knowledge of characterisation of the rock mass.

Andreas Gaich about new software components for muck pile characterisation based on aerial imagery (WP5).

Carmen Bianca Socaciu about WP7, an environmental lifecycle analysis and a socio-economic cost-benefits analysis.

And about what happens with the SLIM results when the project is over.

The European project SLIM – “Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies” lead by Technical University of Madrid is one of the most innovative in the raw materials area.
One particular objective of SLIM is to engage with all affected stakeholders. Apart from other information and communication means, the information and discussion about best practices based on the project results in dedicated workshops is one suitable way to do so.

The workshop is designed as a clustering event. Therefore, other European projects will also present their results.

The SLIM project kindly invites you to take part in the Clustering Workshop on 14 September 2019, one day before the start of the EFEE 2019 Conference (European Federation of Explosives Engineers) and thus very convenient for participants in this conference. Please reserve your place in our workshop, which is by the way free of charge.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Helsinki in September.

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SLIM Abstract

The main economic, technological and environmental challenges of small mining include reducing high investment costs, reducing generation of waste and large tailings, identifying and addressing environmental impacts, and improving flexibility, automation and safety of operations. However, at the moment, there is no quick-fix available to reduce the environmental impact from mines, and it is neither realistic to expect production solutions very distant from today’s technologies. Considering that the present mining technology is based on rock blasting and mobile mining equipment for loading and transportation, the major challenge is to generate a new sustainable systemic solution that affects positively the relevant mining value chain.

SLIM aims to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low impact mining solution based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases) through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations.

SLIM consortium is led by Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain. Research institutions involved are Luleå tekniska universitet in Sweden, Montanuniversität Leoben and Technische Universität Graz in Austria. Validators in relevant environments are MAXAMCORP International SL, Minera de Orgiva SL and Benito Arnó e Hijos S.A.U. in Spain, and 3GSM and VA Erzberg GmbH in Austria.

Bureau de Recherches Gélogiques et Minières in France, (FR), Investornet Gate2Growth APS in Denmark, MINPOL GmbH in Austria and ZABALA Innovation Consulting SA in Spain are responsible for environmental and economic assessments, communication and dissemination activities and social awareness actions.

Project duration: November 2016 – October 2020.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 - European Union funding for Research & Innovation