SASKATCHEWAN – Last Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, the Saskatchewan Research Council opened its new mineral processing pilot plant in Saskatoon. The new $2.2-million facility will enable pilot scale demonstrations of new technologies that will potentially increase mining yields and decrease costs. It will also enhance the SRC’s capacity to develop and test potential flowsheets for rare earth minerals.
The pilot plant complements and builds on SRC’s growing expertise and capabilities in mineral processing, and enables SRC to support mineral industry and mill operators with a broader range of services including:
- Applied research, development, process design, scale-up, and pilot-scale demonstration;
- New and improved processes for the extraction of valuable metals and minerals;
- New and improved processes for sorting diamonds; and
- Technologies for future potential underground mills for uranium, potash and other minerals.
The SRC has over 65 years of experience in research, development, demonstration and analytical support for the mining industry. SRC currently supports the global mining industry in uranium, potash, gold, base metals, diamonds, coal, oil sand, and oil shale. SRC’s geoanalytical laboratory is one of the best and most comprehensive in the industry, and its secure diamond facility is one of the largest commercial diamond recovery facilities in the world.
Learn more at SRC.sk.ca.