Red Crescent Resources has outlined its plans for processing sulphide and zinc oxide mineralized materials extracted at the Hakkari Zinc Project. Red Crescent Resources is a junior mining company that focuses on base metals in Turkey.
The company announced that following a regional assessment of the remaining mineralized materials obtained from prior mining activities and the 2011 reconnaissance results on its properties, about four streams are available for processing. These zinc mineralized materials will be grouped in the following manner.
- Materials recently mined with an assayed zinc grade of +24% zinc in Direct Shippable Ore.
- Materials previously mined and discarded as non-DSO with zinc grade of +5% zinc to <20% zinc.
- Materials recently mined with an assayed zinc grade of +12% zinc and <24% zinc in Dense Media Separation concentrator feed.
- Dense Media Separation tailings from Red Crescent Resources semi-mobile gravity concentrator plants.
Over the last 18 months, the company had carried out several metallurgical tests on its mineralised materials through hydrometallurgical and mechanical techniques and procedures to get an initial view on their capability for cost-effective extraction. In addition, the company has consulted a number of metallurgical design experts and extractive metallurgists for proceeding on potential process routes. This way, the company gets a clear picture on how to carry out full-process feasibility studies.
Crescent Resources’ Executive Chairman, President and CEO, Alan M. Clegg said that the company is making excellent progress on its Hakkari project and is about to finish a final business design, which will enable it to yield three zinc products such as a base metal pregnant solution to help in solvent extraction, concentrates for leaching or smelting, and a direct shippable ore. Furthermore, the company has completed the design for a base metals refining facility, which will be built in Turkey before 2020. It intends to be a key supplier to that facility of base metal pregnant solutions for production and refining of LME grade base metals.