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KWG to patent new ferrochrome technique

Keywords: Tags  KWG Resources, ferrochrome, direct-reduced iron, DRI, Black Horse, Big Daddy, Ring of Fire, Frank Smeenk Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — KWG Resources Inc. wants to patent a ferrochrome production process that uses similar techniques applied in making direct-reduced iron (DRI).

"The current invention uses a modification of this basic and well-established technology to produce a chromium iron alloy by using natural gas to reduce both oxides of chromium and iron contained within the Ring of Fire chromite ore," the Toronto-based company said.

KWG has a 30-percent interest in the Big Daddy chrome ore deposit and the right to earn 80 percent of the Black Horse chrome ore deposit in the Ring of Fire region in northern Ontario.

"It would appear that this process, combining North America’s newly discovered high-grade chromite with its also newly discovered wealth of natural gas, could usher a new paradigm into the stainless steelmaking world," KWG president Frank Smeenk said.

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