Viable Alternative Mine Operating System

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, a new 42 month Research & Development Project
has been launched to enable the exploitation and rehabilitation of underexploited and abandoned European deposits of mineral raw materials

Horizon 2020 programme

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, a new 42 month Research & Development Project, has been launched to foster the exploitation and rehabilitation of underexploited and abandoned European deposits of mineral resources. The estimated cost of the Project is approximately 12.6 million Euros.

Horizon 2020 programme

The aim of the ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project is to design and build a robotic, underwater mining prototype with associated launch and recovery equipment, which will be used to perform field tests at four EU minesites.

Collaboration of 9 EU countries

Under the coordination of BMT Group Ltd and the Technical management of Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd, a consortium of 16 project partners from nine EU countries will collaborate to bring success to the project.

A Partnership that boosts European Innovation

Europe has been actively mined over many centuries and many easy-to-access mineral deposits are mostly depleted, while deeper lying ones have not been fully explored. The major opportunities to access raw materials within the EU are in greater depths, in remote, but also in populated areas, in former mine sites, in low grade deposits, and in small deposits where larger mining operations may not be feasible. Estimates indicate that the value of unexploited European mineral resources at a depth of 500-1,000 metres is approximately €100 billion. ¡VAMOS! will contribute to ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the European economy whilst increasing benefits for society as a whole by introducing a number of concrete research and innovation actions regarding automated mining, mining of small deposits and alternative mining.

Event Calendar

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UMC 2018
47th Underwater Mining Conference

10 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Underwater Mining Conference – Deep-Sea Mining: Challenges of Going Further and Deeper
Advances in Marine Research and Subsea Technology Beyond Oil and Gas

Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway

¡VAMOS! preparing for second field tests in Ireland

In spring the ¡VAMOS! team decided to cancel the planned field trials at the Vareš open-pit mine in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After re-evaluating the site’s access, geotechnical conditions and other parameters, it was concluded, together with the EU Project Officer, that there were too many uncertainties to make the submerged cutting tests programme successful in an acceptable manner for all stakeholders involved. This represented a setback not only for the team but also for the people who had made arrangements locally. The ¡VAMOS! team had to look for alternatives and thus, studied several options across Europe.

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