International project

RIS RESTORE – Evaluation of Red Mud Tailings in the Region of East and South-East Europe EIT RawMaterials

Red mud is a waste formed during Bayer’s process, used for the extraction of alumina. More than 85 M tonnes of solid and caustic waste, which contains valuable metals (REE, Sc, Y, Zr, Hf and Ti), have been landfilled in the Western Balkans.

RIS-RESTORE aims at establishing a network of Al-value chain stakeholders, who are interested in re-processing of red mud tailings and extracting valuable metals. The project will evaluate existing best available techniques for gravitational and magnetic separation that can be used for the extraction of heavy metals and it will increase the competitiveness and their independence form the import.

Project duration: 01.2020 ‒ 12.2022

Project partners: Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG), Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd for Applied Research, Gravity Mining Limited, Metso Minerals Oy, MYTILINEOS S.A., National Technical University of Athens, Vienna University of Technology, TH Mining AG, University of Ljubljana, University of Zagreb, NEMETALI doo, Federal Geological Survey Sarajevo, WEG Kolektor, University of Tuzla, University of Montenegro, Alumina doo, Envirotis holdings ZRT, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Technology Novi Sad, Geological Survey of Montenegro

Project volume: 1,552,613 €