Arianne Phosphate, a company in the development stage of the Lac à Paul phosphate mine in Quebec, Canada, has announced that it has received new test results designed to optimise its metallurgical process and reduce costs operation.
The tests were carried out at COREM in Quebec with the help of NORDCHEM and were designed to evaluate a new collector. The process was run at lower water temperatures to simulate the temperatures of the water available on site for most of the year during operation. The use of water at 4°C, as opposed to 20°C during original tests, showed no negative effect on the recoveries or the quality of Arianne's phosphate concentrate. This will allow the company to produce the same quality product while reducing the time and costs associated with heating water.
“We continue to make significant progress on our project,” said Jean-Sébastien David, COO of Arianne Phosphate. “All of these process improvements will provide us with tremendous operational flexibility while continuing to reduce our costs and increase the profitability of our project.”
Brian Ostroff, CEO of Arianne Phosphate added: “These improvements in operational costs come at a time when we are seeing dramatic price improvements for many agricultural commodities. Cereal prices are trading at higher levels than those observed for several years. This has helped push up the price of fertilizers, including phosphate fertilizers, by around 35% over the past four months. The macroeconomic improvement continues to highlight the value of the Lac à Paul project, adding to the value of our assets and encouraging the interest of potential partners, product takers and investors.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/phosphates/30102020/arianne-continues-to-optimise-the-metallurgical-process/