15th November 2017
Nevada Clean Magnesium has announced a preliminary “proof of concept” in the production of magnesium metal from its bench scale pilot furnace located in Northern British Columbia.
The metal is a result from a partial test charge being conducted in order to identify any operational deficiencies prior to a full charge of dolime material. The charge contains dolomite from the Company’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 testing has provided “proof of concept” and enables the technical team a clear path to fine tuning the process in order 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. All residue samples generated in this test are being supplied to an interested international cement company for further testing and data analysis. These residue tests and analysis should be available back to the company early in the New Year.
The next test is scheduled to begin mid- next week. It will utilize the alternate reductant and a full charge of Tami Mosi dolomite. All of this work is based upon earlier reductant testing performed by Big Blue Technology LLC of Golden Colorado using ferro silicon and the alternate reductant.
James Sever, COO states”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 rate of reaction brought about by efficient heat transfer to the charge was surprisingly fast indicating the potential for continuous production rather than cyclic batches. We have a great deal of work to do but the initial work substantiates our belief in this project.”
Ed Lee, President and CEO states “This step has been highly anticipated and is a significant milestone for the Tami Mosi project. The project continues to meet the design criteria laid out at the beginning of the PEA back in 2011 which was 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 .”