Project: Forecasting and Assessing Europe’s Strategic and Raw Materials Needs

Acronym FRAME (Reference Number: GeoE.171.010)
Duration 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021
Project Topic Inevitably, Europe shows a growing and accelerating consumption of mineral commodities, which at the moment the question whether supply to meet demand is adequate or not cannot be answered with any certainty because secure supply is a matter of knowing the resources and the ability to exploit them with respect to sustainability. Non-energy minerals underpin our modern economy and are essential for manufacturing and renewable “green” energy supply technologies. Many critical and strategic minerals and metals may be collected through recycling of mining related waste materials. However, even with the important contribution from recycling, it will still be necessary to extract them from primary mineral deposits, focusing on applying new technologies for deep exploration and mining, turning low-grade ores to exploitable resources and reducing generation of mining wastes and large tailings by converting them to exploitable resources. Project FRAME (Forecasting and Assessing Europe’s Strategic Raw Materials Needs) is designed to research the critical and strategic raw materials in Europe, in scenarios as described above, by employing sound strategies and a partner base spread far and wide amongst those that have some of these raw materials. Through successful teamwork, there is the expertise and knowledge base to provide a significant innovative contribution towards knowing more about the potential primary deposits, predict new target areas/deposits and recognize the potential in secondary deposits. FRAME is made up of eight work Packages (WP) designed to collect, extract and disseminate strategic and critical mineral data to fill existing knowledge gaps in this field.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
- Identify and define the strategic minerals and metals that will make part of the metallogenetic map and related interpretations, focused on the current list of CRM, but considering also the strategic importance of some of those which were among the original candidates, such as phosphate rock, lithium, graphite, cobalt, niobium, tantalum, and others such as selenium, silver, copper, manganese, lead and iron ore. All minerals and metals collected and selected to be part of the metallogenetic map will simply go under the term CRM. - Produce a metallogenetic map and increase the knowledge on the CRM endowments and resource potential in Europe and EU seas. - Better understanding of the ore genetic links between major deposit types and hosted critical mineral and metal associations. Understanding also the mineralizing processes in different environments, including current deep sea, and using this understanding to predict and develop new mineral deposits or deposit types. - Be able to identify conditions and processes involved in the formation of the STR and CRM-potential deposits and develop conceptual models for their formation. - Predictive targeting based on GIS exploration tools, of high potential mineral provinces and mining districts. - Provide potential CRM resource estimates based on the UNECE classification system in close cooperation with RM 1/WP 5 on UNCF system. - Display and distribute the map and description on the Information platform. - Highlight mineral resources criticality to high-tech economy and downstream sectors.
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Network GeoERA
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia c Portugal
2 Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe Partner Germany
3 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières Partner France
4 Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey Partner Czech Republic
5 Eesti Geoloogiakeskus Partner Estonia
6 Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning Partner Sweden
7 Geological Survey Ireland Partner Ireland
8 Geologian Tutkimuskeskus – Geological Survey of Finland Partner Finland
9 Hrvatski geološki institut - Croatian Geological Survey Partner Croatia
10 Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration Partner Greece
11 Instituto Geológico y Minero de España Partner Spain
12 Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary Partner Hungary
13 Geological Survey of Norway Partner Norway
14 Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute Partner Poland
15 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Geological Survey of Belgium Partner Belgium
16 State Research and Development Enterprise – State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine Partner Ukraine
17 Institutul Geologic al Romaniei Partner Romania
18 Geološki zavod Slovenije Partner Slovenia
19 Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale Partner Italy