Northern Graphite Corp TSXV:NGC announced metallurgical test results from its Bissett Creek Graphite Project in eastern Ontario. Tests confirmed high recovery of large-flake, high-purity graphite consistently across the resource. The overall recovery from eight locked-cycle tests was 97%, and almost all concentrate will qualify for large-flake (+80 mesh), high-carbon (94%) pricing. Results showed 33% of the concentrate was +50 mesh, 97% C and 19% was +32 mesh, 98% C. Two of the locked cycle tests showed +32 mesh, 99% C.
Average results from eight locations on the deposit show
19.1% of concentrate +32 mesh, 98.1% carbon
33% of concentrate +50 mesh, 97% C
23.3% of concentrate +80 mesh, 95.1% C
5.2% of concentrate +100 mesh, 94% C
10.5% of concentrate +200 mesh, 92.7% C
CEO Gregory Bowes tells ResourceClips.com, “I think we’re the only graphite company that’s really completed the full suite of metallurgical testing, bulk sampling, pilot plant, all of that stuff and published the results. And I think they confirm that we have the best flake-size distribution in the industry and the highest carbon content of our graphite concentrate, so we will be producing the highest-price, premium-value product.
From a mining and metallurgical point of view, the project has pretty well been de-risked—Gregory Bowes
“We expect to complete our bankable feasibility in late May. I’m pretty sure we’ll file the mine closure plan in May as well. That is the comprehensive document describing how we’ll return the site to its natural state at the end. If that’s accepted by the government, we can start construction. It will take about one year to build the mine, so we hope to be in production before the end of 2013.”
As for infrastructure, “We are 15 kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway, between Ottawa and North Bay, so we’re also 15 kilometres from the powerline and the natural gas pipeline. We’re about 50 kilometres from nearby towns, so we don’t have to build a camp. We’re five hours by truck from the port of Montreal. From there we can ship anywhere in the world. You can drive a transport truck from Toronto to the site in five hours. So you’re not dealing with the logistics of remote locations.
“From a mining and metallurgical point of view, the project has pretty well been de-risked,” he points out. “This thing had a full feasibility study done on it during the 1980s, so we’re effectively doing the second one, and all the results are consistent. So it’s low risk technically.”
or Don Baxter
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by Greg Klein