Funding has been secured from the European Commission 7th Framework Programme for the I2Mine project, an initiative focused on the technological challenges the mining industry is currently facing including the exploitation of ever deeper deposits and the aspiration for an invisible, safe, zero impact mine. The project will be carried out by a consortium of 26 companies and academic institutions from 10 European countries led by LKAB from Sweden over a period of 4 years.
The I²Mine project will develop the innovative methods, technologies, machines and equipment necessary for the efficient exploitation of minerals and disposal of waste, all of which will be carried out underground. This will dramatically reduce the volume of surface transportation of both minerals and waste, minimising the above ground installations and reducing the environmental impact. I²Mine will significantly contribute to the successful implementation of the European Raw Materials policies of securing the European minerals base, reducing import dependencies of mineral raw materials and sustainably providing mineral raw materials for Europe. I²Mine also improves the competitiveness and standing of the European equipment manufacturing industries.
During the project an open and transparent dialogue will be established with the scientific community, mining industry, society, regulators and other stakeholders. This will initially involve the promotion of the project by establishing a web site and the production of leaflets, brochures and posters. As the project proceeds, seminars and workshops will be held to discuss progress and receive feedback.
For additional information about the I2Mine project
Web site: www.i2mine.eu(link is external)