In-Situ Recovery – a Move Towards ‘Keyhole Mining’ (Part1)

Environmentally Friendly Solutions and In Place Mining to Extract Precious Metals

Today’s needs and luxuries that include the use of mobile phones, laptops, metal structures, and more have added to the estimated use of almost 0.5 million kilograms of metals, fuels, and rocks per person in their lifetime. Just think about it. A vehicle requires about 15 different minerals. A computer, on the other hand, needs roughly 30 minerals, while smartphones can make use of as many as 42. That should be enough to understand how humans will continuously need metals.

Acquiring such metals requires huge investments and much effort, especially in underground mines and surface mines. Many do not know, though, that current mining processes face various challenges that have to do with the deposit of minerals itself, as well as challenges related to limitations to technical processing and operational licensing.

In this post, Group 11 Technologies will cover those challenges and what in-situ recovery can do to address those:

Challenges Faced in Mining Today

Many mining companies have faced many challenges in their quest to obtain minerals, not to mention that they have lost much time and money due to these challenges. Let’s take a closer look at the issues that they have encountered.

Challenges in Transporting the Mined Materials

There are billions of tons of minerals, yet the technology is limited in transporting them. Transportation is a challenge faced by many, which is why most companies have invested in a lot of research and development, which has led to the creation of new methods in transporting the mined materials.

Challenges in the Mining Process

Mining in itself is also a challenge faced by companies today, as it is not easy to find the deposits of the mineral ore to extract. This is why the mining process usually takes time, effort, and money. 

Different Challenges in Production

In the production process, there are also challenges that are faced. One is having to deal with the fact that they have to make use of the right equipment and make sure that the equipment is working correctly. This often makes the process move slower, which is not a good thing.

Another challenge is that production is not just a one-step process, which requires different methods. This also means that they have to invest money into various processes, making the production costs higher.

What Does In-Situ Recovery Mean?

With the in-situ recovery process, there is a lot that is involved. One of the main things is that it involves the extraction of the minerals in a non-destructive manner, taking only a tiny amount of the resource. More importantly, it does not destroy the environment, which means that it is safer and has fewer adverse effects on the environment.

Also, in-situ recovery is more efficient than the traditional mining methods. It makes use of the most modern and up-to-date technology. This makes the transportation of the mineral much more convenient and enables the extraction of minerals even in the most remote areas.

What Are ISR’s Economic Advantages?

ISR is less expensive compared to traditional mining, as the process is cheaper in terms of the costs related to explosives, fuel, and labor.

ISR also has low operational costs mainly because of the automation process in the systems and equipment used.

Additionally, ISR has a high recovery rate, meaning that the mineral deposits are not lost. That also means it is safer for the environment than traditional mining, and it is also a lot safer for the humans involved in the process.

Furthermore, it is easier to monitor the process of in-situ recovery, which makes it easier for the company to monitor future operations.

The collected and exposed ore is also easy to collect for further processing and the transportation of the mined materials.

Conclusion

In-situ recovery is here to stay, and the more it is used, the more efficient it will be. With the increasing need for metals, there is a need for a mining process that will not harm the environment, and this is where ISR comes in. With ISR, there is no more need to worry about the adverse effects of mining.

The advantages of in-situ mining can bring the industry to a whole new level. This is why more and more mining companies are looking into the ISR process.

Group 11 Technologies brings to you the advantages of in-situ mining as we are committed to environment-friendly and socially-responsible mineral extraction. Contact us today if you want to know more about in-situ mining!

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