Legacies of Mineral Extraction and Sustainability Opportunities 2021

Legacies of Mineral Extraction and Sustainability Opportunities 2021

Britain has a long history of mining and mineral extraction. Its legacies are the environmental, social and engineering consequences of completed mining operations, ranging from subsidence and ground movement and unmapped voids to contamination, gas emissions and water flows. In 2000, the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers held a conference to highlight and identify some of these legacies and to discuss methods of restoration and regeneration.

The Institute is pleased to announce this joint conference with the Mining Technology Division of IOM3, the Midlands Institute of Mining Engineers and the Mining Institute of Scotland, the purpose of which is to review events that have changed thinking, improved methods and equipment in the 20-year passage of time since our Institute last reviewed these topics. Considering the lessons learned in this period will be used as an important addition to discuss creation of sustainable opportunities looking at mining from cradle to grave.

The full programme and Conference Proceedings are given below and is available to download.

Conference Proceedings

Full Two-Day Downloadable Programme

NEIMMEThe North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

The North of England Institute is based in Newcastle and is the Royal Chartered membership organisation for science, technology and engineering in the North. This conference forms part of our remit to provide contemporary science to a public audience, as well as supporting academia and industry in the North. To find out more about our work and to support us though membership please see: www.mininginstitute.org.uk/membership


The Mining Technology Division of IOM3 is a specialist community within IOM3 to support the mining and extractive industries worldwide by providing a focus for the promotion of, and exchange of knowledge on, all aspects of mine development, mine production, mine closure, mining technology and other mining industry related matters.

MIMEMidlands Institute of Mining Engineers

The Midlands Institute of Mining Engineers celebrated its 150th year in 2007 and organises meetings that provide informative talks on diverse subjects relevant to materials and which contribute to continuing professional development for IOM3 members.

MISMining Institute of Scotland

The Mining Institute of Scotland is a professional body for the advancement of all perspectives of minerals (including oil and gas) and mining. Its objectives are to promote and develop every aspect of minerals and mining science, engineering and technology and this is achieved by providing information and related services, and influencing key opinion formers in government, industry, academia, the public and professions. MIS holds regular meetings, organises a full programme of events and facilitates applications for IOM3 membership including those pursuing professional registration.


Speakers Topics

10th November 2021 – Day One Programme:
10th November 2021

11th November 2021 – Day Two Programme:
11th November 2021
10:00-10:10 Welcome
Christine Blackmore,
Chair, IOM3 Mining Technology Board
09:00-09:10 Welcome
Christine Blackmore,
Chair, IOM3 Mining Technology Board
10:10-10:30 Opening Address
Darry Quayle
Department of International Trade
09:10-09:30 J F Tunnicliffe Medal Presentation
John Tunnicliffe
Past President, Institution of Mining Engineers
11:30 – 13:00 Session 1: New Life for Old Mine Sites (1)
Making the most of abandoned mines
Stephen Henley, Ecton Mine Educational Trust
The use of void space created by mining activity for beneficial purposes
Steve Reece, Chartered Engineer
Circular Economy: Bates Clean Energy Terminal
Martin Lawlor, Port of Blyth
09:30–11:00 Session 4: Mine Water Management
Coal mine water management: Improving approaches through evidence and experience
Alice Mellor, The Coal Authority
Research and innovation opportunities for mine water and heat storage at the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow
Alison Monaghan, British Geological Survey
Mine Water: A potentially important heat source
Charlotte Adams, The Coal Authority
14:00 – 15:30 Session 2: New Life for Old Mine Sites (2)
Energy storage for mining legacies: Facilitating the green revolution
Chris Yendell, Gravitricity
Carbon Capture, Use and Storage: UK potential
Jon Gluyas, Durham Energy Institute
Integrating mine planning leading to sustainable post-mining transition
Robrecht Schmitz, Sibelo Centre of Excellence
11:30 – 13:00 Session 5: New Life for Old Mine Sites (3)
Glenmuckloch Energy Project
Alan Wilson, Buccleuch Estates
The changing societal and environmental expectations: Implications and impacts for the mining industry
Paul Bradley, Health and Safety Executive
Breathing new life into abandoned mines: The Robominers Project
Stephen Henley, Ecton Mine Educational Trust
16:00 – 17:30 Session 3: An International Commentary
Managing legal risks in mining projects: Lessons learned from the International Arbitration of Disputed Mining Projects
Lorraine de Germiny, LALIVE (London) LLP
Social Aspects of mine closures
Alexandra Mitchell, Wardell-Armstrong
Sustainable nickel for a low carbon future
Anne Oxley, Brazilian Nickel
13:45 – 15:15 Session 6: Impact of Mining Legacy on Surface Development
The Coal Authority’s role in facilitating redevelopment of sites impacted by coal mining and the promotion of a safe, assured and sustainable future
Leigh Sharpe, The Coal Authority
Identifying challenging ground hazards for remediation and land development: A Case Study of a site affected by over 300 closely spaced bell pits, NW Leicestershire
Russell Hurcombe, GRM Development Solutions
The challenges of managing access to The Coal Authority underground mine and mineral property portfolio
Stuart Walker, The Coal Authority
19:00 Buffet Supper & Entertainment
(with the Ashington Colliery Brass Band)
Compare: Norman Jackson
15:15 – 15:30 Closing Remarks
Christine Blackmore,
Chair, IOM3 Mining Technology Board

Pre-Conference Field Trip, Bates Clean Energy Terminal, Tuesday, 9th November 2021
Infrastructure works including a substantially upgraded heavy lift quay and 5 hectares of development land remediation are to be combined with a range of low carbon initiatives and innovation, to meet the needs of the offshore and renewables sector at the modern 17-hectare terminal. These upgrades will support Government ambitions set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and 2050 net zero targets whilst also serving the operational needs of the offshore wind industry as it moves to adopt clean maritime technologies and dramatically reduce emissions associated with operation and maintenance.

Specific objectives include zero carbon mine water heating to buildings, port electrification including heavy cranage, solar and other renewable power generation, shore-to-ship power, robotics, automation, alternative fuel innovations to support next generation vessels and much more. These exciting initiatives are to be delivered with support from a growing number of regional and national partners.

A coach will transport delegates from Neville Hall to the Bates Clean Energy Terminal at the Port of Blyth. A tour of the facilities will be undertaken and a buffet lunch provided. The coach will return delegates to Neville Hall at the end of the tour. Places on this field trip are limited and will be filled on a first-come first served basis. Delegates are advised to book early to secure a place on the field trip.

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