IMA Engineering’s smart mining technology will contribute to developing a low-carbon, multi-metal extraction for critical elements in Europe.

As part of the Horizon Europe AVANTIS project, IMA will be involved in improving fragmentation in blasting. Moreover, it will help separate Vanadium (V) and Titanium (Ti) rich materials and waste rock before the energy-intensive grinding and minerals processing.

“The on-line drill cuttings sampling analysis, using the Autosampler, and our bulk ore sorting technology can significantly improve the process. These technologies and the solutions we developed can be applied both to Vanadium, and Titanium. We have previously proved their effectiveness in other minerals”, Jukka Raatikainen, CEO and Managing Director of IMA Engineering.

Steps towards a low-carbon, multi-metal extraction approach

The purpose of the project is to help achieve the benchmark of 10% domestic extraction in the EU’s Critical Raw Materials Act.
So, all the AVANTIS partners will develop a low-carbon, multi-metal extraction approach for these two critical elements, in Europe.

They will focus on low-grade under/unexploited deposits of vanadium-bearing titanomagnetite and mining wastes in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine. Moreover, the project will also impact the co-extraction of rare earths and phosphorus.

The research innovation action’s purpose is “sustainable decarbonized co-extraction of vanadium and titanium minerals from Europe’s low-grade vanadium-bearing titanomagnetite deposits”.

Damith de Silva, Research Engineer IMA Engineering, participated in the project kick-off meeting, in Leuven (Belgium). “We are excited to be involved and reshape the future of mining, using our smart mining technology. I am sure, that together with our partners, we will contribute to Europe achieving this goal”, he said.

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