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.

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