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Mining of unconventional energy and mineral resources in Chile and Japan

5 and 7 November, 2013
Universidad de Chile

Event Information

Date / Time

November 5(Tue), 7(Thu) 13:00-18:00

Location

Plaza Ercilla 803 - Santiago. Auditorio Humberto Fuenzalida 1er Piso - Departamento Geología, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Chile

Capacity

Approx. 80

Contact / Registration

E-mail: vilcaez@frcer.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp (Registration is not required)

Abstract

Worldwide depletion of energy and mineral resources has triggered ocean exploration initiatives. Such initiatives have been successful in Japan where methane hydrate and metal deposits have been discovered in the Pacific seabed. Similar initiatives have been undertaken in Chile with promising results, it is now known that Chile's coast contains methane hydrate deposits. In this sense, the question arises as to what research is being done in both countries to develop unconventional energy and mineral resources. Both countries have access to extended coastlines but limited energy resources. A discussion on the potential of Chile and Japan to exploit unconventional energy and mineral resources should bring new ideas for future collaboration and facilitate the exchange of students. The expected outcome of the workshop will be an exchange of information and establishment of coordinated initiatives for unconventional energy and mineral resources exploitation.

Timetable

November 5, 2013

Mine site visit (Chuquicamata copper mine - Calama)

November 7, 2013

University of Chile

Chair for session 1: Dr. Leandro Voisin

13:00 - 13:10 Opening remarks: Dr. Yoshihiro Masuda
13:10 – 13:40 "Offshore methane hydrate-Challenges from gas production test to its commercial development": Dr. Yoshihiro Masuda
13:40 – 14:10 "Energy Challenges in the Chilean Mining Industry - Solar Energy Opportunity -": Dr. Rodrigo Palma
13:30 – 14:00 "Identification and characterization of methane hydrate bearing sediments using seismic attenuation": Dr. Jun Matsushima
14:40 – 15:10 Coffee break

Chair for session 2: Dr. Gjergj Dodbiba

15:10 – 15:40 "Chile, a world of mining opportunities": Dr. Leandro Voisin
15:40 – 16:10 "Long-term supply-demand simulation for critical minerals": Dr. Shinsuke Murakami
16:10 – 16:40 "Mineral processing: facing water scarcity": Dr. Willy Kracht

Chair for session 3: Dr. Shinsuke Murakami

16:40 – 17:10 "Removal of arsenic from fluorite ore": Dr. Gjergj Dodbiba
17:10 – 17:40 "Copper leaching from chalcopyrite: Modeling and simulation": Dr. Javier Vilcáez
17:40 – 17:50 Wrap-up & Discussion
17:50 – 18:00 Closing remarks: Dr. Leandro Voisin

Speakers

Leandro Voisin Professor, UChile
Willy Kracht Professor, UChile
Rodrigo Palma Professor, UChile
Yoshihiro Masuda Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo
Jun Matsushima Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo
Shinsuke Murakami Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo
Gjergj Dodbiba Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo
Javier Vilcaez Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo