Regency Mines has revealed that Direct Nickel Limited (DNi), in which it has a 7.5% stake, is making headway with testing of the nickel laterite treatment process at its Perth test plant.

In an update on September 30, DNi said testing of the nickel laterite treatment process had completed 16 of the 19 planned campaigns, with another two expected to be combined into a 24-day continuous run.

DNi is Regency’s joint venture partner at the Mambare nickel-cobalt laterite project, which has a licence for the DNi process.

DNi’s Russell Debney said, “We are very pleased with results so far. We can confidently predict that we shall have achieved the objective of proving the process to the point where it is ready for commercial use.”

Regency chairman Andrew Bell said, “Results so far suggest that 95% or more of the leach acid is being recovered for reuse.”

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