Whilst reserves within the UK have become depleted over the past 20 years, this presents the mining sector with additional technological challenges to firstly develop new processes to mine this reserve; secondly to develop techniques to identify potential new areas and to identify new minerals not currently mined and identify commercial applications for these. In addition, there is considerable activity to improve working conditions, increase efficiency and minimise environmental impacts. Mining is very cyclical with long project lead times and whilst R&D may not be claimable throughout the whole life span of the project it can potentially be claimed for short phases.
Examples of eligible R&D activities:
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