Marquee kicks off metallurgical testing at Werner Lake

Published at Oct 19, 2018, in Mining

ASX small-cap, Marquee Resources (ASX:MQR), has inked an agreement with SGS Canada Inc. to conduct flotation and hydrological test work on the Werner Lake Project in Ontario, Canada.

SGS Canada is a global leader in inspection, verification, certification and testing services, and has been active in Canada for 75 years. It is a leading provider of bankable metallurgical services, and its flowsheet development, geometallurgical, pilot plant testing, chemical analysis and laboratory outsourcing staff have earned the respect of the global minerals industry.

MQR has completed five HQ diamond drill holes (452m), from the Old Mine Zone and four from the West Cobalt target area in order to collect approximately 150 kilograms of material for metallurgical testing of the mineralisation at Werner Lake.

Drill cores have been logged and sampled. Core samples have been shipped for analysis — once results have been received, a composite sample will be created and shipped to SGS Canada’s Lakefield facility for study.

The composited sample will be stage-crushed to pass 10 mesh and homogenised. A head sample will be selected and submitted for cobalt, copper, iron and arsenic analysis.

Metallurgical work will include:

  • batch flotation testing to identify appropriate conditions for subsequent bulk flotation testing to produce cobalt concentrate;
  • batch POX testing to establish conditions for the extraction of cobalt from bulk concentrates;
  • bulk batch POX testing to produce cobalt PLS for downstream testing; and
  • bench scale solution treatment to evaluate potential cobalt and copper products.

The program is expected to take three months to complete once the lab has received the samples and is a critical next step when assessing potential offtake arrangements with end-users.

The phase two drill program is ongoing — MQR has now completed 15 holes. The company expects to report the results of the assays from the rest of this campaign in the not-so-distant future.

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