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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: June 12th 2013


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:: Agata Nickel Project Pilot Plant Commissioned, Operation Commenced


Mindoro Resources Ltd. is pleased to report that its joint venture partner, TVI Pacific Inc., has announced that, as a result of positive bench-scale test work carried out at the Agata Nickel Processing Project, it has commissioned and commenced operation of pilot-plant testing which will further define the technological parameters to be used in producing a Bankable Feasibility Study with the goal of building a commercial processing plant.

The positive test work on nickel (Ni) laterite ore, from the Agata nickel laterite deposit, confirms the Agata ore is highly amenable to acid leaching with a high rate of nickel extraction achieved at a low acid consumption rate. The process technology TVI is developing, and which has produced these results, aims to achieve maximum nickel recovery and low acid consumption which translates into increased metal production and lower operating costs.


  • Extractions of 94% nickel achieved
  • Agata ore highly amenable to acid leaching
  • Low acid consumption rate of 650 kg/t ore
  • More than 70 leach tests concluded to date
  • TVI pilot plant testing expected to be completed during Q3 2013

"We are extremely pleased with the results achieved," said Mr. Cliff James, Chairman and CEO of TVI Pacific Inc. "The process being developed could position the proposed Agata nickel processing plant amongst the lower cost producers."

The Agata Processing Project is located in Agusan del Norte province, within the Surigao mining region on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. The Surigao region is a major nickel producing region providing ore to processing plants in Australia, China, Korea and Japan.




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