LIFE BRINE-MINING International Workshop

On 3rd of October 2023, the third international stakeholder meeting organized under the LIFE BRINE-MINING project titled "Demonstration of an advanced technique for eliminating coal mine wastewater (brines) combined with resource recovery" took place at GIG-PIB. The meeting was attended by nearly 60 stakeholders from scientific institutions, mining companies, government and local authorities, such as PGG, JSW, SRK, Tauron Wydobycie, KGHM, PCC Rokita, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Marshal's Office of the Silesian Voivodeship, the Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, The State Water Holding Polish Waters Regional Water Management Authority in Gliwice (PGW Wody Polskie RZGW w Gliwicach) and Water Management and Reclamation Company (Przedsiębiorstwo Gospodarki Wodnej i Rekultywacji S.A.).
Participants of the meeting were invited to the site of the mine water desalination plant constructed under the project, which is located on the area of the PGG Mine Ruch Ziemiowit in Lędziny. Stakeholders were shown around the installation where they had the opportunity to understand its operation in practice.
During the meeting, the need to address the problem of saline mine water entering rivers and the risks associated with it was emphasized. The project partners presented in detail the technology being proposed in the project. The gathered experts discussed the market and economic challenges related to solving the discussed problem.
The LIFE BRINE-MINING project, which is led by the National Technical University of Athens, is being implemented by a consortium of 9 partners representing academic, research and business entities from Poland, Greece and the Netherlands. The aim of the project is to provide support for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and promote solutions towards the realization of the concept of a circular economy, thus enabling the coal mining sector to improve the efficiency of mine water management. The developed innovative system will allow the elimination and recovery of resources in saline waters from coal mining, as well as the treatment and direct recovery of end products (salt and water) of high quality and purity.
The LIFE BRINE-MINING project is funded by the European Union's LIFE program.

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