The demand for metals on the world market rises, and the Swedish as well as the international mining industry increases production. Sweden and especially the northern parts of the country like Finland is one of the most promising countries in Europe for the discovery of new mineral and ore deposits; both instances of the type exploited today but also new types that we do not know much about.
The Rockliden ore characterisation project is part of the work package 1 (Geometallurgy and 4D geological modelling) of the Centre of advanced mining and metallurgy (www.camm.se). The aim of the Rockliden project is to find rock- and ore-intrinsic parameters that influence the distribution of trace elements such as Antimony (Sb) during physical processing of the ore, i.e. comminution and flotation.
By micro-analytical studies of selected ores, we generate a new tool (method) that allows exploration for ores in Västerbotten and Norrbotten efficiency, which in turn increases the chances of further ore discoveries in the region. The project begins with a study of gold ores and mineral transformation in and around known gold deposits with diverse geology in the West and Norrbotten.
With the development of the society, the mining industry of northern Sweden is a leading contributor to the European metal production and thereby affects the Swedish and European economy. However, for small and medium-sized companies (SME) it is difficult to develop new technologies to streamline their operations. In order to counter this, an increased cooperation between research institutions and the regional companies would highly increase the competitiveness and innovative power of SME in the region.