INTRAW - Fostering international cooperation on raw materials


INTRAW - Fostering international cooperation on raw materials

Our EFG’s colleagues informed us about the beginning the new EU funded 36-month project INTRAW which is has been launched in February 2015 to foster international cooperation on raw materials. Project INTRAW – is a part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation (R&I).




EFG’s noted in the last decade a structural change has taken place in the world’s mineral markets and the global demand for raw materials stands at the bottom of a new growth curve. In this perspective, safeguarding the domestic minerals supply in a sustainable and responsible way will be challenging not only to Europe but also to other technologically advanced countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, USA).

On the other hand, All-Ukrainian Public Organization “Ukrainian Association of Geologists” (UAG) have many world-class discoveries that can’t be implemented due to lack of funding. The initial stages of preliminary investigations were financed by the UAG, but for the continuation the works we need partnerships with organizations who have necessary research equipment and laboratories.

We are ready to work together with our partners from TAU jointly conduct research in the following key areas of geological activity:

  1. The study of minerals, ores discovered in the Ukrainian geological structures that are non-traditional for certain types of mineral raw materials. In this case we are talking about the metal rhenium, multiple phases which are set us in several rocks in the Ukrainian and Lyon-Liberian Shields (more information you can be obtained on the link).
  2. Studies of unique species, accompanied by unusual types of mineralization and to recreate the petrogenesis conditions of the early stages of the Earth’s crust development. This layered komatiites flows observed in Kosivtsevo Greenstone structure (GS) and anouser GS of the Middle-Dnieper and Azov Granite-greenstone terrains (16-17 flows with a distinct profile of differentiation from the lower (cumulative zone) to the upper (spinifex-structural zone) parts. Analogs of such species and cross-sections are present in many Greenestone structures of the Ukrainian Shield and can be studied not only in the wells, but in the outcrops also.
  3. We discovered unique to the Precambrian Shields cross-sections (in outcrops and quarries) ancient volcanic rocks areas with age more than 3.0-3.1 b.y. - volcanic bombs, lapilli tuffs, lavas; lived vent of the volcano presented metagabbro, metagabbro - dolerite. In connection with these rocks are installed unusual varieties of mineralization, which until recently were unknown (gold-quartz veins with asbestiform tourmaline, polymetallic ores in greenstone structures with industrial grade of the gold, lead, zinc, copper, silver, and others).

We need Partners and invite all of you to the joint study these fenomena.

Please contact with us:
Prof. Alexander Bobrov
Vice Rector for the science of the TUTKOVSKY Institute, President of the UkrIAGOD National Group.


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