ONTARIO — BacTech Mining of Toronto and the Haileybury School of Mines at Cobalt are creating a new bacterial oxidation technician's course. Dr. Paul Miller, BacTech's VP of engineering and technology, and Dr. Chris Kennedy of the University of Toronto will partner with Northern College faculty in designing the course for a planned September 2009 launch.
It is hoped that students in the program will obtain hands on experience at the BacTech pilot plant and will obtain employment in the field, either in Cobalt or at future bioleach plants. BacTech is continually evaluating new opportunities for its technology both in Canada and abroad.
In 2008, BacTech became increasingly active in the Cobalt area through investigation of the use of its proprietary bioleach technology to treat arsenic-laden mine tailings left behind 100 years ago by silver miners. BacTech has applied to various government agencies for a portion of the capital needed to construct a bioleach pilot plant near Cobalt. The proposed plant will initially treat up to 200,000 tonnes of tailings from the old Castle mine near Gowganda.
Learn more about how BacTech's bioleaching technology can replace smelting and/or roasting of sulphide ores at www.BacTech.com.