- Viking Mines has commenced stage 2 metallurgical testwork at Canegrass Battery Minerals Project.
- ALS Metallurgy has been engaged to conduct the metallurgy testwork on 29 samples collected from the 7,500m drilling campaign at Canegrass.
- The testwork aims to deliver a vanadium pentoxide flake through a series of process to generate and purify vanadium from ore samples.
Viking Mines Limited (ASX: VKA) has commenced stage 2 metallurgical testwork at the Canegrass Battery Minerals Project, Western Australia, to assess the metallurgical properties of 29 samples collected from the recent 7,500m drill campaign.
A two-stage process under the testwork is planned to initially produce a concentrate and then undertake processing to deliver a vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) flake.
Details of the 7,500m drill campaign
The drill program recently completed at the project infilled and extended the primary mineralised zones and assessed new target areas. The program expanded the mineralised zones, and the infill drilling confirmed the continuation of mineralisation.
Currently, a Mineral Resource Estimate upgrade is progressing for the project and results are expected soon.
More on stage 2 metallurgical testwork campaign
The Company appointed ALS Metallurgy to undertake the stage 2 metallurgical testwork. The teswork will be conducted on 29 one-metre samples obtained from the main intercept within hole VCRC0026, 29m at 0.80% V2O5, 36.6% Fe and 8.8% TiO2, over a 0.5% V2O5 cut-off.
VKA is focused on optimising processes to produce a bulk concentrate which can be refined to generate a V2O5 flake.
The Company expects testwork to be concluded by late in the March 2024 quarter.
VKA shares traded at AU$0.011 apiece at the time of writing on 17 November 2023.