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BioteQ Environmental Technologies will commence a SART testing project with a European engineering firm for a gold mine in Central Asia. Field-based test work and engineering services for the SART feasibility study will be carried out in Q4 2013. The test results will be used as the basis for discussions relating to the build of a full-scale SART plant. Previously announced in July 2011, the project had been delayed due to metallurgical plant upgrades at the site.
The dollar value of this contract will have only a modest impact on 2013 financial performance. However, assuming successful results, this work could lead to the provision of a full-scale SART plant by BioteQ and its European engineering partner.
In addition, BioteQ has also signed a SART testing contract relating to a project in Chile with a major mining company. Work under this contract will be performed in BioteQ’s Vancouver laboratory facilities. The bulk of the work under this contract will be performed in early 2014.
Jonathan Wilkinson, BioteQ’s CEO stated, “We are pleased to re-start the Central Asian project and to initiate early work on another SART project, further strengthening BioteQ’s reputation as a leader in SART design and drawing on our core competencies in sulphide precipitation. We see these developments as a positive sign that metals markets may be moving back towards stability which would be a significant driver of growth for the company beyond 2013. We would note however that, while we continue focus on the achievement of positive cash flow from operations in 2014, sales activity in 2013 has been slower than was anticipated earlier in the year and BioteQ will need to make additional commercial progress if it is to achieve financial results within the guidance ranges that were provided for the year."
The SART process (sulphidization-acidification-recycle-thickening) is an enabling technology for copper-complexed gold deposits. Developed by SGS Lakefield and Teck Corporation, SART removes the metallurgical interference of cyanide-soluble base metals and regenerates cyanide for recycle to the gold operation. SART can improve gold yields, reduce processing costs and enhance the environmental performance of gold mining operations.
Over the past few years a number of new SART plants have been commissioned, signifying the growing acceptance of the technology. In an environment of rebounding gold prices and tightening environmental regulation, gold producers are looking at SART to improve the economics of new or existing gold projects. BioteQ is an expert in SART technology, having successfully designed and commissioned two SART plants and provided extensive SART engineering and commissioning services for a third plant, owned by Kinross Gold.
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