Nussir A.S. is holding a public meeting (1800 – 1930 CEST 28 June 2021) to present information about the status of the process relating to the opening of the copper mine at Repparfjord in Finnmark, Northern Norway.
Due to COVID restrictions the number of places for physical attendance is limited, but the meeting is broadcast over www.ifinnmark.no.
CEO Øystein Rushfeldt will give the latest update on the plans for opening the mine.
Project Manager Odd Henning Grove will give an update on the progress on the industrial site.
Anstein Amundsen will present information about the sea deposition of tailings.
The European Union provides financing for cross-border collaboration projects through different regional programmes, such as Kolarctic Cross-Border Cooperation, Interreg Nord and Northern Periphery and Arctic Programmes. To raise the profile of these financing programmes an Exhibition is being held in Oulu between the 21-25 September 2020. More information about the exhibition is available here.
The SEESIMA project is one of 15 EU-funded projects selected for the INNOVATION ACROSS BORDERS Exhibition to illustrate with concrete examples how working with partners in neighbouring regions benefits the research and business environment in each region, as well as it contributes to creating more sustainable communities.
The SEESIMA project is represented by Tiina Leiviskä and Hanna Virpiranta, and the poster presentations will be open for the public to view during business hours of the week 21-25 September. Later the Exhibition will be available as an online display.
On September 21-26 September 2020 The International Plaksin Readings will be hosted by The Federal Kola Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Apatity, North-West Russia.
The International Plaksin Readings is one of the most significant conferences in the field of mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, and geoenvironmental engineering. Igor Plaksin is the founder of the Soviet research school in the field of mineral processing and hydrometallurgy of rare, non-ferrous, and noble metals, and a two-time winner of the USSR State Prize.
The International Plaksin Readings has been held annually since 1977 at various venues across the USSR and Russia (Apatity, Novosibirsk, Tosk, Petrozavodsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Moscow, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, etc) as well as abroad (Almaty in Kazakhstan, Tbilisi in Georgia, etc).
The 2020 International Platsin Readings is organised by Academician V.A. Chanturia, Chief Researcher at the Melnikov Institute for Integrated Development of the Mineral Resources at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chair of the RAS Research Board for Mineral Processing.
Luleå Technical University is arranging a seminar on Exploration, Mining, Mineral Processing, Metallurgy and Environment. This arrangement is part of the Centre for Advanced Mining and Metallurgy (CAMM) which was established at LTU in 2010 as a strategic research area. More details about the CAMM² Centre can be found here.
The increasing focus on sustainability and environmental impact of mining activity is the basis for two Mineral Engineering conferences to be held in Falmouth, Cornwall in June 2020. These conferences, on biomining and sustainable minerals, have relevance to activities within the SEESIMA project, such as within WP4 and WP5.
The first is the Biomining ’20 conference, to be held 8-9 June 2020 in Falmouth. This is the 10th time that this conference has been arranged (after a name change from the earlier title of ‘Biohydrometallurgy’). The conference focuses on the development, optimisation and implementation of integrated biomining processing of mineral ores. This is an alternative processing route whereby the microbes are used to cause or catalyse the release of metals from the ore. This includes the microbiology of heap or tank leaching, bioflotation. This approach can be used on low grade or complex ores, or on novel resources such as mine and electronic waste, or the rehabilitation of environments damaged by mining. As such, biomining is a contributor to the sustainability of mining activity.
Biomining has achieved increased attention in recent years, and a flagship implementation is represented by the Terrafame mine in Finland. The following cartoon, taken from here) illustrates one of the main bacteria (Thiobacillus ferroxidans) used in releasing copper metal from copper ore.
The second conference is the Sustainable Minerals ’20 conference, to be held from 10-11 June 2020, also in Falmouth, Cornwall. This is being held for the 6th time, and focuses on sustainability aspects of mining. Modern society’s extensive use of metals and mineral-based materials creates a strain on sustainable use of natural resources. Hence, mining needs a focus on sustainability.
The topics of Sustainability ’20 include:
Acid Mine drainage
Energy recovery and reduction
Processing of Industrial Wastes
Recycling of post-consumer materials
Development of geopolymers as cement alternatives.
A further attraction in the Cornwall area is the possibility to visit the Eden Project, nearby. This was formerly an open pit mine, extracting china clay. After the mine was closed it was transformed into one of the largest tourist attractions in the United Kingdom. The two pictures below show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the site. This is a great answer as to what to do with the hole in the ground after mining has finished. A different approach to sustainability and biomining!.
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.
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.
A seminar/workshop is to be held at Kjeøy Research and Education Centre in Vestbygd in Northern Norway. This will involve introductory presentations by specialists in the field of metal leaching from minerals, as well as time for discussion of both microbial and chemical leaching processes. Environmental aspects of natural leaching in cold climates will also be covered. Further details about the seminar, and registration information is available here.
The formal kick-off meeting was held in Oulu on the 22-23 November 2018, with a nominal project start date of 15 Oct 2018.
On the first (half) day the project administration was gone through with the Kolarctic Management Authority representatives. On the second day the project workplan was discussed in detail to prepare a operational plan.