Bannerman, the developers of Etango Uranium Mine have successfully progressed through the initial test work phase of a membrane study at the Etango Heap Leach Demonstration Plant, the company announced.
The study has validated the potential for further capital and operating cost reductions, to be confirmed in the DFS Update.
The initial test work was conducted on-site at Etango Heap Leach Demonstration Plant using membrane pilot test rig, supervised by Bannerman technical team and equipment vendors Program ran smoothly, according to timeframe and budget.
“When you consider the proposed scale of production at Etango, the possible operating cost savings that membrane technology can deliver is a huge potential value addition to Etango and Bannerman.
This now well established technology has the potential to move the dial at Etango, so we eagerly await the results from this study, expected early next year,” said Brandon Munro, Bannerman’s Chief Executive Officer.
The company said the preliminary lab results ready for evaluation by equipment vendors, outcomes expected early 2018 and is optimistic.
“Next year promises to be very exciting for our industry and Etango is exceptionally well positioned given its advanced nature, world-class scale and the substantial economic uplift we are targeting in the DFS Update,” said Munro.