Following the success of the Albion Process at GeoProMining’s Ararat Processing Plant in Armenia, GPM have signed a collaboration agreement with Glencore Technology for the marketing of the Albion Process.

GPM has successfully used Glencore Technology’s atmospheric leaching process to increase overall recovery from sulphide concentrates in their Ararat plant from 20% to over 95%, defying expectations and targets. GPM are now evaluating a second line of Albion Process.

The new agreement combines GPM’s expertise in Albion Process operation and their knowledge of the Russian refractory gold market with Glencore Technology’s expertise in processing technology.

The Albion Process plant at Ararat, which is now operating above design throughput and recovery levels, was fully supplied by Glencore Technology and installed, commissioned and ramped up in partnership with GPM Gold.

While Glencore Technology has three certified Albion Process testing facilities – Core Resources, TOMS Minerals in Irkutsk and XPS/Kingston Process Metallurgy – this new agreement creates an entirely new collaboration.

The agreement means the GPM plant can now be used as a training facility for what is recognised as a proven combination of ultrafine grinding and oxidative leaching. And it means Albion Process clients can gain a faster ramp-up through better technology transfer.

In 2016, Glencore Technology along with project partner Core Resources was presented with the inaugural 2016 METS Ignited Collaboration Award at the IMARC Gala Dinner in Melbourne.

“Companies mining gold are looking for efficient processes to treat lower grades and more complex refractory ore. The Albion ProcessTM plant turns this challenge into a significant opportunity,” said METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros.

“This collaboration project between Core Resources and Glencore Technology demonstrates the value of METS and miners working together to commercialise innovative solutions for industry.

“The Albion Process could bring about industry-wide benefits. There is potential for a step change in gold processing, including improved environmental outcomes that enhance a mining company’s social licence to operate.”

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