NEW YORK Canadian junior
tungsten miner Malaga Inc. is planning to reprocess and recover
tungsten from the tailings pond at its Pasto Bueno Mine in
Peru, a move that would allow the company to recover an
additional 31,500 metric ton units (mtus) of tungsten trioxide
over the next few years.
The Montreal, Quebec-based
company said it plans to build a pilot plant with the capacity
to process 300 tonnes of tailings per day to test the concept
using an advance on sales from Malagas offtake partner,
Towanda, Pa.-based Global Tungsten & Powders Corp.
Construction of the plant will
begin immediately, with first production expected in the third
quarter. The capacity of the pilot plant will be expanded if
the project proves successful, the company said, and screens
used in the tailings recovery process will also be installed at
the companys main production line to improve recoveries
Malaga did not disclose the cost of the plant, and a company
spokesman declined to comment.