Montreal, September 11, 2013 - Ressources Minières Pro-Or Inc. (TSXV: POI) completed the processing of multiple batches for a total of 600 kg of ceramic catalytic converters at its demonstration plant in St-Augustin during the summer. The recovery of recycled metals allowed Pro-Or to ship 6 kg of platinum group elements (PGE) concentrate in very rich powder form during the month of August. This product is free of any glass or carbon contaminants and treated at the refiner to separate each of the platinum group elements in ingots of platinum, palladium and rhodium. These metals will be sold on the spot market in a timely manner.
"We are very proud of this achievement because operations were subject to a strict protocol that included quantitative measurements. Some of the processing took place as part of the prefeasibility study carried out by the independent engineering firm SENECA. The recycled materials were processed on one 8-hour shift per day over a long period of time to allow sampling while the material is at low temperature. These operations require additional activities of long handling that will not be required in the commercial production plant. This work is helping us to further improve the robustness and reliability of the equipment at the St-Augustin facility", said Sylvain Boulanger, President and CEO of Pro-Or.
In the June 2013 prefeasibility study in connection with the construction of a 200-tonne (four reactors) PGM recovery plant, operating costs (OPEX) were estimated by SENECA at $13.50/kg of processed material, including refining charges. Approximately 32% of these costs are specifically associated with staffing, which are fairly constant. For a plant going from 4 to 12 reactors (200 tons to 600 tons) with a constant level of staffing, operating costs would be reduced from $13.50 /kg to $10.56 /kg. According to the parameters of the study, a 12-reactor plant would have operating costs of $10.56 compared to $13.50 which is an improvement of 21.8% or $1.76 million of additional profit for a 600-tonn plant, including refining charges.
This demonstrates the impact of the few employees needed to monitor the operation of an automated plant. Most of the remaining operating costs vary according to the volume of catalytic converter (CC) processed.
Pro-Or operates an industrial prototype plant for the recovery of Platinum Group Elements (Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium or PGMs). The plant is located near Quebec City in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures. Its patented process yields more than 97% recoveries of PGMs, and is not only much less capital extensive but also operates much more rapidly than conventional plants thus dramatically lowering the amount of time that its customers capital is tied up as work-in-process inventory. Pro-Or’s mission is to sustainably recover precious metals by the recycling of end-of-life PGM containing components while meeting global “green” standards for the automobile industry.
Pro-Or also holds the mineral rights to six mining properties and has focused its exploration activities on the Menarik property in the James Bay area, in the Province of Quebec, the site of a major chromite deposit with occurrences of gold, nickel, copper and platinum group metals (PGMs). The operation of Pro-Or’s patented and proprietary processes to such deposits may lead to a breakthrough in low cost primary mining metallurgy in the near future.
Sylvain Boulanger, P.Eng.
President & CEO
Nicole Blanchard, Managing Partner
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