Canadian Mining Journal


PHOSPHATE: Arianne to test aluminum in transport trailers

Rendering of the future Lac a Paul mine site. (Image: Arianne Phosphate)

QUEBEC – Based in Saguenay, Que., Arianne Phosphate is launching an R&D effort to incorporate aluminum into the transport trucks that will carry concentrate from its Lac A Paul project in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region to the deep water port to be located in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord.

Using aluminum in the truck bodies would allow for more payload per trip. That means fewer trucks and less impact from transportion. The benefit would be felt both from increased safety and lessened environmental impact.

Arianne also says this effort will provide economies of scale, and that will reduce the cost of its concentrate.

Arianne is advancing its Lac a Paul project toward production. It is one of the world’s largest and most cost competitive phosphate developments, but the company continues to seek ways to streamline the project and further reduce its environmental footprint and costs.

The feasibility study outlined US$982.5 million in pre-production capex costs. Lac a Paul has a net present value of US$1.9 billion at an 8% discount and an internal rate of return of 20.7%. A 25-year mine life is expected.

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