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EUROPEAN FIRST: PAN-EUROPEAN MINERAL DEPOSIT (MD) DATABASE GOES LIVE

European Commission part funded Project ProMine’s web based GIS is now publically available through the ProMine website.

The first Pan-European Mineral Deposit (MD) Database has just been completed by a team of European experts, lead by Daniel Cassard, from BRGM, France, as part of the ProMine project, coordinated by GTK in Finland.  The publically available interactive database allows the intelligent exploitation of Europe’s mineral resources, while also acting as an effective new land use management tool for Europe.

The database was built using data supplied by eight ProMine partner institutes, spread across seven European countries, with additional inputs from Bulgaria, FYROM and Romania. The web based Geographic Information System (GIS) contains 12,979 records (mines, deposits, occurrences or showings) and covers 34 countries in Europe.  The GIS is made up of 12 mineral deposit layers, two geological layers, one geographical layer and four geophysical layers. A 3D geological subsurface model layer is provided by the Team developing 4D models of selected mineralized belts in Europe.

The MD Database is now accessible to the public through the ProMine website.  Online functionalities enable a user, among others, to ‘find’ a deposit, ‘identify’ its features, add WMS (Web Map Service) layers, and print the outcome as maps.  Maps issued from the database include the ‘Main Mineral Deposits of Europe’ and the ‘Critical Raw Materials in Europe’. These show the 14 most critical commodities in Europe identified in the frame of the Raw Material Initiative of the European Commission.  An earlier version of the map was already promoted by the EC Vice-President A. Tajani in the frame of the Raw Material Initiative, and also used for the preparation of a Euromines – DG Trade meeting.

The news of this database had already triggered a request by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, The Netherlands, to be used to complement Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan. This Plan comprises an inventory of the metal requirements for six high priority energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar, nuclear etc.) in order to assess whether metal supply in Europe is adequate and available.  This assessment of Europe’s ‘green’ commodities together with the identified critical raw materials is essential to help understand Europe’s supplies of mineral resources for the future.
The ProMine team is now enhancing the MD database to allow potential and predictability assessment studies of  metalliferous and non-metalliferous resources to be available in the near future; another first for Europe.  This achievement will further allow an assessment of Europe’s strategic mineral reserves for potential economic capacity, thus permitting more precise exploration and at a greater depth.

It is envisaged that the Pan-European Mineral Deposit Database as a new tool on the market, will contribute effectively towards increasing Europe’s economic growth and global competitiveness.

ProMine is part-financed by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).  The four year project began in 2009 and is a collaboration between industry and research focused on the development of nano-particle products from new mineral resources in Europe.  The project works in tandem with the philosophies from the EC’s Raw Material Initiative that is highlighting the need for the increase in the responsible exploration of European Raw Materials.  As a project ProMine is stimulating the extractive industries in Europe to decrease Europe’s dependency and trade deficit on foreign raw material imports.


‘Main Mineral Deposits of Europe Map’, produced from the MD Database. Open



‘Critical Raw Materials in Europe Map’, produced from the MD Database. Open

To discover more about the ProMine project please visit http://promine.gtk.fi
and to view the Pan-European Mineral Deposit (MD) Database go to http://ptrarc.gtk.fi/ProMine/default.aspx

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