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Startup for a demonstration plant to process three metals

By Paul Grad |

Australian Mines (Perth; https//:australianmines.com.au) has started operating a demonstration three metals (cobalt-nickel-scandium) processing plant that will process ore from the company’s Sconi and Flemington projects into commercial-grade samples. The company’s flagship Sconi project, located in the mining center of Greenvale in Queensland, is based on an estimated average production of 3,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of cobalt sulfate, 24,420 m.t./yr of nickel sulfate and 77 m.t./yr of scandium oxide for the first 20 years. The Sconi project can produce the raw materials required in a Tesla Model S battery pack cathode, which is comprised of 80% Ni and 15% Co. The Flemington project, located 370 km west of Sydney in New South Wales, is a direct continuation of the Sunrise Project under development by Clean TeQ Holdings Ltd., with the two projects separated only by a tenement boundary. The Flemington project has an estimated 89 million m.t. of ore at an expected average feed grade of 0.11% Co, 0.80% Ni and about 0.011% Sc. The demonstration plant uses a conventional pressure acid-leach front-end to dissolve the metals into solution. It includes a solid-liquid separation and standard solvent extraction and sulfate crystallization…
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