INFACT, THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN MINING PASSES THROUGH ANDALUSIA
We’re not exaggerating when we say that the future of mineral exploration in the European Union is emerging in Andalusia.
Why? The reason for this is due to a project developed by the Department of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce of the Government of Andalusia that began in December of 2017: INFACT, a project dedicated to the innovation of technologies related to the area of mineral exploration.
INFACT, as communicated by the government, is «financed in the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation H2020», and, as stated in the communication, it aims at «offering a new approach for mineral resource explorationthat is acceptable to society, respectful towards the environment and technologically advanced, in addition to reevaluating Europe’s mining potential ». These values are all very much present in current mining trends. It’s called mining of the 21stcentury.
The project consists of three main objectives:
- Boost social engagement and local agencies’involvement in projects, providing the criteria for social and environmental integration.
- Development of innovative technologies for mineral exploration.
- Establishment of three reference regions in which technologies and equipment developed in the program can be tested and certified.
Another important factor for the development of INFACT is the reference regions. It is very important to establish facilities and develop teams and technologies in areas that are most representative of the sector and contain the widest range of possible conditions. And this is where Andalusia plays one of its most important roles. Among its mining sites is its southern region, which includes Cobre Las Cruces in Sevilla and Minas de Riotinto in the province of Huelva.
This project is not only beneficial for the future of European mining and the development of mining in Andalusia. We must also consider the benefits that the region’s participation brings to its inhabitants, such as job creation.
More information about INFACT can be found on its project website.