Vancouver, British Columbia – February 21, 2023 (Investorideas.com Newswire, Mining / Metals / Inexperienced Vitality Inventory information) Protection Metals Corp. (“Protection Metals” or the “Firm”) (TSX-V:DEFN / OTCQB:DFMTF/ 35D: FSE) is happy to announce that development of the hydrometallurgical pilot plant has began and commissioning is scheduled to begin within the second half of March.
Craig Taylor, CEO of Protection Metals, acknowledged:
“We’re excited to enter this vital milestone of constructing and operating the hydrometallurgical pilot plant, which is scheduled to be commissioned in late March. Pilot operations will likely be accomplished in two segments and needs to be accomplished by the top of April. A profitable pilot plant program will likely be important for the completion of the engineering design and economics of the deliberate pre-feasibility research.”
Following the profitable completion of laboratory flotation and acid bake checks from December 2021 up to now, Protection Metals is now able to construct a hydrometallurgical pilot plant. It is very important word that the Impartial Preliminary Financial Evaluation1 was based mostly on a unique hydrometallurgy flowsheet, the gangue-leach – caustic-crack course of (see the Firm’s March 31, 2022 information launch). Nonetheless, after quite a few laboratory checks the Firm determined to pursue piloting of the much less advanced acid bake course of, which has, in preliminary test-work, yielded higher restoration charges, is an business commonplace, and has the potential for improved economics.
The target of the pilot plant is to exhibit at a bigger scale, and with steady operation, the processing of Wicheeda flotation focus to provide uncommon earths utilizing the acid bake flowsheet, to assist verify the standard of the mission, and to collect knowledge required for the pre-feasibility research.
The pilot plant will likely be configured to provide a high-purity uncommon earth precipitate appropriate as feed for a separation plant. Samples produced from the pilot plant can even be shared with potential end-users for product growth and qualification.
The plant is being constructed at SGS Lakefield, Ontario and can run in two segments for roughly two weeks. The feed for the plant will whole roughly 600 kg of mineral focus that was generated from a flotation pilot plant operated on a bulk pattern from the Wicheeda deposit.
Certified Particular person
The scientific and technical info contained on this information launch, because it pertains to the Wicheeda Uncommon-Earth Challenge, has been reviewed and accredited by John Goode, P. Eng., a metallurgical marketing consultant to the Firm, and who’s a Certified Particular person as outlined by Nationwide Instrument 43-101 and who has offered the technical info referring to metallurgy on this information launch. Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC), a director of the Firm, is the Certified Particular person as outlined in Nationwide Instrument 43-101 for the knowledge referring to sources on this information launch.
Concerning the Wicheeda REE Property
Protection Metals 100% owned, 4,262-hectare (~10,532-acre) Wicheeda REE property is situated roughly 80 km northeast of town of Prince George, British Columbia; inhabitants 77,000. The Wicheeda REE Challenge is instantly accessible by all-weather gravel roads and is close to infrastructure, together with hydro energy transmission strains and gasoline pipelines. The close by Canadian Nationwide Railway and main highways permit quick access to the port amenities at Prince Rupert, the closest main North American port to Asia.
The 2021 Wicheeda REE Challenge Preliminary Financial Evaluation technical report (“PEA”) outlined a strong after-tax web current worth (NPV@8%) of $517 million and an 18% IRR. This PEA contemplated an open pit mining operation with a 1.75:1 (waste:mill feed) strip ratio offering a 1.8 Mtpa (“million tonnes per yr”) mill throughput producing a mean of 25,423 tonnes REO yearly over a 16 yr mine life. A Part 1 preliminary pit strip ratio of 0.63:1 (waste:mill feed) would yield speedy entry to greater grade floor mineralization in yr 1 and payback of $440 million preliminary capital inside 5 years.
About Protection Metals Corp.
Protection Metals Corp. is a mineral exploration and growth firm targeted on the acquisition, exploration and growth of mineral deposits containing metals and parts generally used within the electrical energy markets, protection business, nationwide safety sector and within the manufacturing of inexperienced power applied sciences, similar to, uncommon earths magnets utilized in wind generators and in everlasting magnet motors for electrical automobiles. Protection Metals owns 100% of the Wicheeda Uncommon Earth Component Deposit situated close to Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Protection Metals Corp. trades in Canada below the image “DEFN” on the TSX Enterprise Alternate, in america, below “DFMTF” on the OTCQB and in Germany on the Frankfurt Alternate below “35D”.
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 Impartial Preliminary Financial Evaluation for the Wicheeda Uncommon Earth Component Challenge, British Columbia, Canada, dated January 6, 2022, with an efficient date of November 7, 2021, and ready by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. is filed below Protection Metals Corp.’s Issuer Profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
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