eCobalt Solutions Inc. has shipped 3 t of a bulk mineralised sample of Idaho cobalt project (ICP) resource for pilot level metallurgical testing at Dundee Sustainable Technologies’ (DST) facilities in Quebec.
The testing is expected to confirm the successful removal of arsenic on a pilot level to less than 1% from ICP ore concentrates by conventional roasting methods.
The results of the additional 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). The 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 reduction in CAPEX and OPEX at the facility.
Paul Farquharson, President and CEO, commented: “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.”