Global testing and certification agency SGS has opened its fourth mobile sample preparation unit (MSPU) in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. The new mobile laboratory will expand the company’s rock and drill core sample preparation capacity in Burkina Faso, ahead of the major new complex being built in the city. The MSPU has the capacity to screen an additional 600 samples per day.

SGS has a fleet of strategically located MSPUs in four continents which make use of industry standard equipment by staff trained in the company’s global method protocols. SGS has more than 30 years of on-site and commercial laboratory experience which is being channeled into the design of the mobile labs.

The company says advantages to clients referred to the MPSU include a fast turnaround, accurate geochemical and/or assay data, customized sample preparation protocol and NI 43-101/JORC defensible data as well as reduced shipping costs and delays.

SGS services to the minerals sector include resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy and water treatment. The company was founded in 1878 and is now recognized as the global benchmark in inspection, verification, testing and certification with more than 70,000 employees in 1350 offices and laboratories across the world.

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