THE DRILL SERGEANT: Meeka Gold (ASX: MEK) reported a start on a rare earth metallurgical test program for the company’s 100 per cent-owned rare earth projects.
Meeka Gold shipped off some metallurgical samples were to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in New South Wales in early May, which now has preparation and testing underway.
Meeka explained ANSTO has a full suite of mineralogical, chemical and hydrometallurgical facilities from laboratory through to pilot scale, which will investigate optimisation of the metallurgical process and development of a process flow sheet for the company’s rare earth projects.
Results are expected in late July 2022.
“The rare earth assays received from our 100 per cent-owned Cascade and Circle Valley projects show shallow, broad, high-grade mineralisation across a very large area,” Meeka Gold CEO Tim Davidson said in the company’s ASX announcement.
“We are now expediting the metallurgical test work to understand the process for producing a commercial product.
“ANSTO is recognised globally for their expertise in rare earth processing, and we look forward to working with them to determine the optimum method for metal recovery.
“Importantly, the mineralisation contains a high level of permanent magnet metals, being neodymium-praseodymium oxides.
“This will ensure high demand for a commercial product potentially resulting from these projects.”
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