IXOS Mining Technology To Be Tested on Rio2 Ore
Rio2 Limited (TSXV:RIO) and Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. have executed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) for the trialling of Sixth Wave’s patented IXOS purification polymer for Rio2’s Fenix Gold Project in Chile.
Under the terms of the LOI, Rio2 will send representative ore samples from its Fenix Gold Project to Sixth Wave for testing and analysis in its Salt Lake City facility.
Sixth Wave will perform a combination of leaching and recovery tests using its IXOS Mining Technology on these samples consistent with protocols for the expected heap leach mining activity planned for the Fenix Gold Project.
Upon completion of the testing, to be performed in October of this year, and pending positive results, the two companies will work to negotiate a definitive agreement to proceed to a complete on-site pilot Adsorption/Desorption/Recovery (ADR) plant scaled to operate on a 400t pilot leach pad.
President and CEO of Rio2 Limited, Alex Black, said the objective of this work, from Rio2’s perspective, is to determine whether Sixth Wave’s IXOS Mining Technology can be successfully applied to enhance the extraction of gold from Fenix Gold ore by using molecularly imprinted polymers rather than traditional carbon for the gold adsorption process.
Mr Black said that if successful, the application of the IXOS Mining Technology is expected to result in a reduction of capex and opex related to the gold extraction process.
“Rio2 is always looking to embrace and trial new technology with the objective of bringing enhanced value to our stakeholders through the reduced capex/opex opportunities that innovative technologies can bring,” Mr Black said.
“The Fenix Gold Project is currently the largest undeveloped gold heap leach project in the Americas and we look forward to working alongside Sixth Wave during the development phase of the project.”
Upon successful completion and positive results of the pilot programme, the companies will then move to an implementation phase incorporating the IXOS Mining Technology in the actual processing plant to be constructed at the Fenix Gold Project.
“We are very excited about this project and working with Rio2. The IXOS process should excel in comparison to traditional activated carbon because of the high rejection of base metal and scaling and the smaller process plant required for IXOS. Substantially lower power consumption in the desorption and recovery stages and no need for regeneration will also play a large role in reduced opex,” said D. Jon Gluckman, President and CEO of Sixth Wave Innovations Inc.
“It is exciting to be involved with Rio2 at this phase of the Fenix Gold Project as it allows us the ability to optimise the design of the ADR circuit without having to worry about retrofit constraints.”