Heron Resources has signed an agreement with Kewdale engineering group Simulus to use its unique metallurgical testing processes, with a view of making the Kalgoorlie nickel project more economically viable.
Heron said today that Simulus would trial its patented process for the recovery of sulphuric acid and other reagents in nickel laterite processing, with the results to contribute to a scoping study on the feasibility of developing the mine.
The recovery of reagents in nickel processing had the potential to generate significant cost-savings, Heron said.
The initial tests will be conducted at Simulus’ facility in Kewdale.
Heron said the technology could potentially be the catalyst for a step-change in the Kalgoorlie nickel project’s economics.
The test works are expected to be completed in about three months.
“The testwork and scoping study are promising avenues for development of Heron’s KNP, and we look forward to the initial results,” Heron managing director Ian Bucchorn said.
“Heron remains committed to extracting significant value from its extensive nickel resources in Western Australia, and to this end will continue to pursue multiple avenues.”
At 12:30PM, WST, Heron shares were steady at 15 cents.