Nevada Clean Magnesium, Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) has announced
preliminary “proof of concept” in the production of magnesium metal from its bench scale pilot furnace at its northern B. C. location.
The Mg metal is a result from a partial test charge being conducted to identify any operational deficiencies prior to a full charge of dolime material. The charge contains dolomite from the NCM’s Tami Mosi deposit located east of Ely, Nevada, and ferro silicon the identified base case reductant material contained in the NI 43-101.
The “proof of concept” enables the company’s technical team to fine tune the process to achieve better efficiencies and cycle times. Test samples have been submitted for analysis, including the residue for specifications for the potential use as saleable co-products. Residue samples from this test are being supplied to an interested international cement company for further testing and data analysis, with tests and analysis expected to be available early in 2018.
James Sever, company COO says, ”It was very gratifying to have the pilot furnace operate so effectively on its initial reduction test. Not only did we produce metallic magnesium, we confirmed that the reactor concept meets the target for energy reduction. This should reduce both the cost of production and the carbon footprint of the operation.”
The company says this latest step “is a significant milestone for the Tami Mosi project (which) continues to meet the design criteria laid out at the beginning of the PEA. . .in 2011. . to design a project that has the opportunities and realistic potentials to have near zero emissions and waste while providing a source of magnesium metal produced within the United States that is competitive with the rest of the world .”
Nevada Clean Magnesium is focused on becoming a major U.S. producer and distributor of primary, high grade, low cost magnesium metal extracted from its 100% owned Tami-Mosi property located in North Central Nevada. Based on the company’s 2011 Preliminary Economic Assessment Report (amended in 2014), the Tami-Mosi Project has an inferred resource of 412 million tons with an average grade of 12.3% Mg, for a contained metal content of 111 billion pounds of magnesium using a 12% cut-off grade contained within a high purity dolomite block.
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