SASKATCHEWAN — War Eagle Mining Company of Vancouver has signed a letter of intent with SaskPower International to sample fly ash from SaskPower’s coal-fired generating plants for germanium. If the samples are found to have levels that are commercially viable, the two parties anticipate developing a definitive purchase agreement.
Germanium (Ge) is a shiny, greyish-white metal. It is a semi-conductor used in electronic devices, fibre optic systems, infrared optics and in polymerization. Germanium spectrometers used as radiation detectors are superior to conventional Geiger counters. The metal is recovered primarily from sphalerite, however, germanium grades are generally very low.
War Eagle owns the Tres Marias zinc-germanium mine in Chihuahua, Mexico, which was active between 1949 and 1992. See also www.WarEagleMining.com.