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Tools for sustainable gold mining in EU (SUSMIN)

Projektin tiedot:

Projektipäällikkö: Pasanen Antti
Projektinumero: 50404-40006
Kesto: 1.1.2014-31.12.2016
Asiasanat: kestävä kultakaivostoiminta, kaivosympäristöt, kullan etsintä, kaivosvedet, sosiaaliset vaikutukset
Paikannimet: Jokisivu, Kittilä, Romania, Portugali, Ruotsi, Puola, Irlanti
Yhteistyötahot: University of Porto, University of Babes-Bolyai, Wroclaw University of technology, Geological Institute of Romania, Luleå University of technology, Trinity College Dublin, Agnico Eagle, S.C. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, S C Samax Romania, Medgold Resource Ltd., Dragon Mining Oy, Outotec Finland Oy, Kemira Oyj, Oulu Water Alliance Oy


Although the gold demand has been constantly increasing in past years, the commodity findings have been decreasing and the extraction of gold has complicated due to increasing complexity and decreasing grade of the ores. Additionally, even gold mining could increase economical development, it has also challenges in eco-efficiency and extraction methods (e.g. cyanide). Thus, the novel energy and resource-efficient methods and technologies for mineral processing should be developed to concentrate selectively different gold bearing minerals. Furthermore, technologies for efficient treatment of mine waters, sustainable management of wastes, and methods to diminish environmental and social impacts of mining are needed. These problems will be addressed by the three year long project SUSMIN.

The SUSMIN-project identifies and evaluates environmental impacts and economical challenges of gold mining within EU. The objective of the project is to increase the transnational cooperation and to support environmentally, socially and economically sustainable viable gold production. The focus is to develop and test geophysical techniques for gold exploration, eco-efficient ore beneficiation methods and alternatives for cyanide leaching. Additionally, the research will improve treatment methods for mine waters by the development and testing of advanced adsorbents. The research on socio-economic issues pursues to develop tools for enhancing the mechanisms of the corporate social responsibility as well as community engagement and management of the relations with the stakeholders. Moreover, with the environmental risk assessment and better knowledge of the geochemistry and long-term transformation of the contaminants in mining wastes and mine waters, the mining companies are able to predict and prevent the impacts to the surrounding environment, resulting in an improved environmental management solution.

The SUSMIN consortium led by Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) includes seven research partners from six EU member states Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Romania, Poland and Ireland. Additionally nine globally on mining industry working industry partners will contribute in the SUSMIN consortium, so implementation of results from the project will translate into direct and significant economic benefits.