GRANT AGREEMENT NO. RFCR-CT-2015-00004

Start time: 15.12.2015
Duration: 4 years

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

In Poland, research will focus on the Rydułtowy-Anna mining complex of Kompania Węglowa S.A., which is partly being abandoned and the rest will be in the process of closure during the execution of this project. In the case of HUNOSA, research will focus on Pumarabule and Mosquitera complex which have already been abandoned. Hulleras del Norte started the flooding process in Pumarabule and Mosquitera in 2012, and it is expected that the water will reach the security level during the first half of 2015 (the level that maintains the phreatic level in the safe area). At that time pumping will start and the water level will be allowed to increase little by little in order to monitor its behaviour.

Work Packages

The MERIDA project execution is scheduled over 48 months
and includes five work packages plus the project coordination:

01 PROJECT COORDINATION

This is the work package in which all the coordination tasks are included: overall technical coordination of the project, organisation and management of meetings, distribution of technical data and information among partners, preparation of minutes and integration of reports and administrative issues, including relations with EC. This work package also covers the design, implementation and maintenance of the project website.

02 GIS TOOL DEVELOPMENT, COLLECTION AND ORGANISATION OF DATA

The general objective of this work package is to establish the framework for the collection and compilation of relevant data related to environmental impacts during the coal mine closure and post-closure stages. In addition, it will establish the risk criteria that will be used as benchmark for environmental risk assessment.

03 DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT MODELS

The general objective of this work package is to develop site specific issue based models to evaluate quantitatively the environmental impacts during coal mine closure and post-closure periods in different European coal mining regions and, using these models, demonstrate the functionality of the GIS based environmental management system developed in Work Package 1. The objectives of this work package are:

04 RISK EVALUATION

The general objective of this work package is to undertake a risk evaluation based on the results of the data collection and environmental impact predictions carried out in the previous work packages, including the assessment of the assumptions made, the limitations of the tools used, and possible site evolution scenarios for the coal mines during the post-closure period.

05 RISK MANAGEMENT AND REMEDIATION MEASURES

The general objective of this work package is to evaluate the performance of alternative risk mitigation strategies in terms of performance (reducing the risk to acceptable levels) and cost.

06 DISSEMINATION

Finally this work package refers to the activities that will be undertaken to disseminate the results of the project to coal mines across Europe and to establish links and relations with the scientific community and other research teams working in the area of management of environmental risks during and after coal mine closure. Specific objectives are: