Fancamp Exploration Ltd. (TSXV:FNC) has completed Phase 2 Hydrometallurgical Pilot Plant Tests at its its 46.7% owned Magpie Mines Inc. The Metallurgical Tests included bench-scale and pilot-plant testing to fine-tune and further improve the results of Phase 1, and resulted in a major improvement in the process by following one step leaching. The Tests produced a high-grade synthetic ritule (titanium dioxide) concentrate and also confirmed that the previous process test results achieved at the bench scale were well reproduced at the pilot plant scale.
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These tests confirmed the new process conditions in a continuous operation; producing and assuring the quality of the filtrate to be used for future works, such as in the Vanadium and Chromium separation tests, and Fe(2) oxidation/Fe(3) hydrolysis tests, and reproducing test results achieved at bench scale. Pilot tests resulted in 95.8% concentrate of titanium dioxide (TiO2) with leaching recovery of 98.5%, which far exceeds initial bench scale test results.