Preliminary lab assessments on Fenix ore demonstrated that the reusable IXOS polymer had higher gold adsorption effectivity, ease of elusion and general adsorption kinetics.
Sixth Wave says that IXOS is quicker, cleaner and more cost effective than conventional activated carbon processing, and will scale back capex and opex associated to gold processing at Fenix.
Within the subsequent stage, Sixth Wave will conduct restoration testing from leach resolution onsite, beginning within the fourth quarter, assuming Covid-19 restrictions will enable it. Testing is predicted to incorporate 50 days of onsite testing for price/profit evaluation and comparability with parallel testing on activated carbon leaching columns.
If the testing is profitable, the businesses will transfer to the following section of testing, incorporating the IXOS expertise right into a long-term pilot plant that can function alongside a deliberate carbon adsorption circuit. The side-by-side pilot crops will present long-term operational information in regards to the lifetime of the IXOS polymer beads and specs for full-scale implementation.
Rio2 not too long ago closed a $135 million mine building financing package deal for the 20,000 t/d Fenix undertaking, the place it’s awaiting environmental influence evaluation approval and permits. The corporate anticipates first gold manufacturing within the closing quarter of 2022.
Along with working with Rio2, Sixth Wave can be conducting pilot testing of its commercialization-stage IXOS expertise with Kinross Gold (TSX: Ok; NYSE: KGC). As well as, Sixth Wave is testing software of IXOS on gold-bearing tailings samples from the Barry-Hollinger gold mine in Ontario.
Sixth Wave additionally has developed nanotechnology for Covid-19 fast testing, and for cannabinoid purification and extraction.
(This text first appeared within the Canadian Mining Journal)