03 Jul Inaugural Cornish mining conference highlights potential new era for mineral extraction
Representatives from the international mining industry, regional development agencies, local landowners and leading academics recently gathered at the inaugural Investment Opportunities in Cornish Mining conference, which highlighted a potential new era for mineral extraction in Cornwall.
Hosted by Cornish Lithium – a highly innovative company that is using digital technology as part of its exploration programme to evaluate the potential of extracting lithium from the geothermal waters that circulate deep beneath historic mine workings – this two-day event, held at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, featured presentations by Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall Chamber of Mines & Minerals, Benchmark Minerals, Cornish Lithium, Cornwall Resources, Strongbow Exploration Inc, MétAmpère, Stephens Scown, Wardell Armstrong, Geoscience Limited and Marine Minerals.
Site visits to the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project and South Crofty Mine also formed part of the itinerary.
From the global significance of Cornwall’s natural deposits of tin, copper, tungsten, nickel, lithium and cobalt; the increasing demand for these battery metals in the computing, robotics, automotive and other high-tech industries, and the sovereign risk of relying on overseas territories for domestic supply, to the importance of mineral rights, local stakeholder engagement and the development of fully-mechanised, environmentally-responsible extraction techniques, the conference demonstrated how Cornwall’s mining industry could undergo a renaissance with appropriate levels of investment in place.
“Interest in exploration and mining in Cornwall is undergoing a significant revival given emerging opportunities to extract key battery metals, such as lithium and cobalt, in addition to the more traditional tin and copper,” explained Cornish Lithium CEO, Jeremy Wrathall.
“Recent advances in mining techniques have created opportunities to extract vital ‘technology metals’ as is being proven by Cornish Lithium’s exploration programme, Cornwall Resources at Redmoor and Strongbow Exploration at South Crofty,” he added.
“Cornwall is one of the top metallogenic provinces in the world and with the strong support of Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and UK Government, the County is uniquely placed to help secure domestic supplies of, and meet the global demand for, these precious metals of the future.”
A New Conference for Cornwall: Investment Opportunities in Cornish Mining was sponsored by Cornish Lithium, Stephens Scown, Petrolab, MétAmpère, Cornwall Resources, Golder, Wardell Armstrong, Cornwall Council, SRK, Fugro, Strongbow Exploration Inc and Marine Minerals.
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