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¡VAMOS!, the Viable Alternative Mining Operating System, a project funded

by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme,

has passed a major milestone with the successful delivery of conceptual

design plans of the prototype and all associated equipment.

This work was carried out in Work Package 2 (WP2), which

also designed the system’s architecture and its functional

specifications. WP2 is now successfully completed and the

¡VAMOS! Consortium is looking forward to the challenges


At a Technical Project Meeting held in Nijkerk, the

Netherlands on 7-8 September, the project status was

evaluated. Frank Bosman, Manager Research Develop-

ment & Innovation at Damen Dredging Equipment, based

in Nijkerk, says that the conclusion of WP2 demonstrated

that the partnership behind the project was functioning


“WP2 went very smoothly. There was good coopera-

tion between all partners, ensuring that everything went

to schedule and all documentation was submitted to the

EU on time. We are now looking forward to Work Package

3 with optimism.”

In WP3 the partners will initially be detailing the sys-

tem components

further, and will focus

on verifying and vali-

dating the design.

“We will look into

the elements sup-

plied by the various

partners in order to

ensure commonality

so each piece can be integrated into the whole,” explains

Mr Bosman.

Stef Kapusniak, SMD’s Business Development Manager

and Technical Manager of the project adds: “Also, there

are some operational issues to be verified at the test


¡VAMOS! will test the equipment on four existing mine

sites across Europe within the next 2 years to prove the

new submerged inland mining concept.

¡VAMOS! is a 42-month research and development

project launched to enable the opening and rehabilita-

tion of underexploited European mineral deposits, using a

safe, clean and low visibility method.

Currently, the EU consumes in the region of 25-35%

of the world’s metal production, whilst EU-based mineral

extraction accounts for just 3% of global ore production.

This situation leads to the EU’s importation of around 200

million tonnes of minerals per year.

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