Inspection and verification company SGS Minerals Services has opened three new analytical facilities at the sites of major mining operations in Canada, Chile and the Philippines. The project owners are SGS clients and have agreed to outsource their analytical needs for exploration or production laboratory services.
The new labs, at Canada Lithium’s Quebec project, Lumina Copper’s Caserones project and OceanaGold’s Didipio project in the Philippines, have been designed to help take the facilities through to production by providing critical operational, environmental and metallurgical data that guide site activities while also establishing the value of the products being produced.
SGS’ vice president of geochemical services, Russ Calow, says the new facilities reflect a commitment to ensuring all services are accessible to all SGS clients. “These new on-site facilities will strategically support the growing needs of these clients and complement our network of over 150 commercial, on site, prep and mobile sample preparation units (MSPU) geochemical laboratories, 12 metallurgical facilities, 5 mineralogy facilities, one plant design and engineering facility, over 120 energy mineral labs, 34 fertilizer labs and over 75 trade offices.
“We operate on-site and near-site laboratories in some of the most remote locations in the world, regardless of the temperature, the altitude or how high volume the program. SGS’ experience in remote laboratories ensures smooth start-up and operation,” he says.
SGS offers a wide range of services to the minerals sector including geochemical analysis, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy, advanced systems, water treatment and trade services. Five of the company’s labs are fully integrated geochemistry, environmental, metallurgy and mineralogy (GEMM) facilities.