Episode 6 – Project VAMOS with Edine Bakker, La Palma Institute
On today´s Episode 6 we have Edine Bakker of the La Palma Research Centre in Spain talking about project VAMOS, the Viable Alternative Mine Operating System. VAMOS will enable access to mineral deposits and reserves in greater depths using a robotics system for clean, low visibility underwater mining with limited environmental impact. Currently unreachable mineral deposits will soon be accessible.
VAMOS is an EU-funded project that is developing equipment for underwater mining of inland deposits. It is a new method for safe, clean, and low-impact mining and has the potential to reopen abandoned mines, extend existing open-pit mines and open new mines, with the ultimate aim of reducing the EU’s reliance on mineral raw material imports.
Lower stripping ratio achievable: less waste material
No need for dewatering
Primary crushing costs removed: material already crushed to <50 mm
Readily road transportable modular system
Cheaper alternative to underground conversion
No mine dust
No blasting vibrations
No fleet operation noise
Lower safety risks
Lower risk of spillage
Lower surface footprint
No aquifer draw-down and associated risks for adjacent wetlands or pasture
Lower energy usage:
Less waste rock to be removed
No dewatering pumps
Ore transport in suspension –
lower energy requirements due to hydrostatic effects
Powered by electricity – Lower carbon footprint
Video Animation: VAMOS in action
Parties interested in a feasibility study for their deposit can contact the Technical Manager, Stef Kapusniak +44 7813 606339/ firstname.lastname@example.org , who will be happy to discuss suitability or otherwise for their particular deposit. If a body is interested in a particular sub-assembly or part of the technology, Stef will direct them to the appropriate party in the consortium.
Interested organisations can join the ‘VAMOS – Sustainable Mining’ company page on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/¡vamos/ or follow @ProjectVAMOS on Twitter https://twitter.com/projectvamos/ to keep abreast of news updates and follow our progress via the events and news items on the project website.