Welcome 2018-05-08T11:22:01+00:00

Welcome to INTMET

“Integrated innovative metallurgical system to benefit efficiently polymetallic, complex and low grade ores and concentrates.”

The European Commission is well aware of the heavy dependence of the European industry on metal imports (e.g. 62% of used copper is imported, 100% of indium and cobalt are imported) and is promoting, via the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials ( See here ), innovation in technologies which allow the domestic mining industry in Europe to re-flourish. Europe has attractive polymetallic and complex metallic mineral deposits but they are often dismissed, among other factors, because of the technical impossibility to recover metals in an efficient and economically sustainable way from low-grade and complex or polymetallic ores. Also some mines in operation are reaching the end of their economic life, leaving behind ore unable of being processed, waste and tailings rich in metals and with potential for pollution.

Against this background, the INTMET project was born to develop a series of technological innovations which allow making use of those deposits and extend the lifespan of mines by creating an efficient way to process low-grade, complex polymetallic ores. To date such ores have not been economically viable to mine and refine due to inefficient separation processes, regulatory barriers, and economic costs associated with complex trading systems and penalties due to impurities. Moreover, currently there isn´t any industrial plant in Europe able to deal with polymetallic (Cu+Zn+Pb) concentrates, compelling the sale of concentrates of increasingly lower quality and incurring increasing penalties in prices.

The INTMET project is working to overcome such limitations with the aim of achieving high efficient recovery of valuable metals such as Cu, Zn, Pb, Ag, and also critical metals like Co, In, Sb. This will be achieved by applying on-site mine-to-metal and integrated treatment of the produced concentrates, combining innovative hydrometallurgical processes (atmospheric, pressure and bioleaching), and novel more effective metals extraction techniques (e.g. Cu/Zn-SX-EW, chloride media, MSA, etc.).


INTMET likes to get closer to stakeholders

INTMET requires information about the processing of ores, especially low-grade and/or complex ones, applied all over the world. This is because we must do a kind of market survey in this field. The following questionnaire, therefore, should help

  • to identify appropriate application cases for the INTMET process
  • collecting information in every detail about the processing of low-grade and complex ores,
  • and subsequently, adapting the parameters of our research accordingly.

INTMET ensures the use of the data provided only for generic evaluations within the scope of the INTMET project. The data is stored according to related data protection policy and will not be disclosed whatsoever. All data will be deleted latest with the termination of the INTMET project.

Take part in INTMET’s survey.

In case of any difficulty or question, please contact us at office@intmet.eu.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 689515
Horizon 2020 - European Union funding for Research & Innovation