R/€ = 16.76 Change: 0.00
R/$ = 14.64 Change: 0.00
Au 1184.72 $/oz Change: 7.82
Pt 786.75 $/oz Change: 5.92
 
 
R/€ = 16.76 Change: 0.00
R/$ = 14.64 Change: 0.00
Au 1184.72 $/oz Change: 7.82
Pt 786.75 $/oz Change: 5.92
 
 
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eCobalt ships 3 t sample for pilot-scale testing

10th January 2018 BY: Henry Lazenby
Creamer Media Deputy Editor: North America

VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Project developer eCobalt Solutions has shipped a 3 t mineralised sample from its Idaho cobalt project (ICP) for pilot-level testing at Dundee Sustainable Technologies’ (DST’s) facilities, in Quebec.

The TSX-listed cobalt junior said on Wednesday that the testing would be done to further confirm the successful removal of arsenic on a pilot level to less than 1% from ICP ore concentrates by conventional roasting methods, as demonstrated in bench scale testing earlier this month.

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The results of the further testing are expected to provide feasibility-level detailed engineering data to assist in costing and sizing of equipment to produce a clean cobalt concentrate with <0.5% arsenic at the proposed cobalt production facility (CPF). This testing supports the company’s optimisation efforts to reduce technical risk at the CPF through the development of a simplified flow sheet and is expected to result in a significant reduction in capital and operating expenditures at the facility.

“The results from the pilot test are expected to add additional confidence in the ICP’s ability to produce a clean, high-value cobalt concentrate for potential offtakers, further advancing current offtake discussions. This data will also support the development of a new, optimised feasibility study that will also incorporate data from recent exploration drilling where positive results will be used to update the current resources,” commented president and CEO Paul Farquharson.

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eCobalt is investigating, with the assistance of DST, roasting ICP ore to produce a clean, low-arsenic cobalt concentrate and this has been well received by potential offtakers, the company said.

eCobalt intends to identify its partner(s) and definitive agreements in early 2018 after a thorough evaluation of the proposals. 

EDITED BY: Samantha Herbst Creamer Media Deputy Editor
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