Kirovsk Mining Museum educational resources

At the conclusion of the SEESIMA meetings in Apatity a visit was made to the JSC Apatit Museum in Kirovsk. This has impressively modern and comprehensive displays and education resources relating to the history of the region and the technologies for extraction of minerals from the local resources, in particular the operations of the JSC PhosAgro Apatit.

educational resources in Kirovsk Museum of JSC Apatit
The “Enrichment Hall” with displays of beneficiation processes (crushing, flotation and dewatering) of the PhosAgro process.

The Museum has a webpage which shows some of the content of the museum. The website also provides the possibility for taking a virtual tour of the museum.

  • Hall 1: History of the PhosAgro group
  • Hall 2: History of the JSC “Apatit” mine and processing
  • Hall 3: Display of gifts received by the enterprise
  • Hall 4: Details of the Khibiny Massif mineralogy
  • Hall 5: Mineral resources of the Kola Peninsula
  • Hall 6: Underground Mining
  • Hall 7: Open-pit Mining
  • Hall 8: Enrichment Department
  • Exhibition hall: “Everyday life and customs of the Russian Empire”
  • Clock tower: Display representing the different features of layers between the earth’s core and atmosphere.

At the time of our visit there were groups of school children and university students using the museum. It is a very useful resource for dissemination of information about the mining industry, and for highlighting for young persons the opportunities represented by the industry.

Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste

A conference on Tailings and Mine Waste was held from 17-20 November 2019 in Vancouver. The conference home page is here, which includes the list of presentations.

Presentations of particular interest for the SEESIMA project included:

  • The effect of arctic conditions on the geochemical behaviour of sulfidic tailings (Gary Schudel) – article available here
  • A new technique for measuring the reactivity of sulfidic ores and waste – infrared thermography (Marjan Knobloch)
  • Environmental assessment of residues from field multi-step passive treatment of Fe-AMD: Case study of the Lorraine mine site, QC, Canada (Marouen Joini).
  • Valorisation of phosphate mine wastes: the challenge of additional resource recovery from phosphate rock (Bernd G Lottermoser)
  • Using Algae as cheap and efficient flocculation agent to quickly obtain clear water columns at pit lakes (Miguel de Lucas Parlo)

Otherwise, there were many presentations focusing on the physical and regulatory aspects of tailings dams.

SEESIMA project workshop in Apatity, NW Russia

A SEESIMA project workshop was held in Apatity, Kola Peninsula on 20th November 2019. The results from the first 10 months of the Kolarctic CBC SEESIMA project were presented and discussed. Twenty five researchers involved in the project were present at the meeting hosted by the Mining Institute of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Science.

The meeting was opened with a presentation from Galina Nikolaeva, from the Ministry of Investment, Enterprise Development and Fisheries, Department of Industrial Development and Investment project support, Murmansk. The presentation highlighted the importance of mining to the economic and social development of North-West Russia.

The SEESIMA project results will be progressively presented here on the SEESIMA webpage.

Project activities from the first included

  • Literature review of energy saving technologies for dry and wet grinding and different types of stirred-media mills.
  • Utilisation of mining waste for production of building materials.
  • Improvement of process flowsheets for iron ores, including multi-stage extraction of the concentrate.
  • Sorption of heavy metal ions from mining waste water with organic and inorganic sorbents, and handling of spet sorption materials
  • Microbial reduction of sulphate in mining waste water
  • Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from apatite/phosphate concentrates, and from tailings, with a new technique and methods for handling radionuclides.
  • Preparation of functional titanium compounds from apatite-nepheline waste.
  • Development of a flotation technique for recovering copper and nickel from historical tailings.
  • Development of geotechnical barriers from mining waste materials.