Quest Rare Minerals (TSX:QRM) announced that they will be working with Hatch Associates Ltd., metallurgical engineering leader, to execute the hydrometallurgical plant engineering work as well as undertake a Scoping Study for a rare earth separation plant for the Strange Lake B-Zone rare earth operation in northeastern Québec.
As quoted in the press release:
Their scope of work includes:
- To complete engineering for the solvent extraction (SX) circuit of the proposed hydrometallurgical complex for incorporation in the pending Pre-Feasibility Study
- To undertake a Peer Review of key areas within the Pre-Feasibility report prior to its public release, these areas include process, site infrastructure, TDF, road, airstrip, port/wharf, Capex, Opex and execution plan.
- To undertake a scoping-level study of a separation plant for the operation
- To look at the feasibility of a Dry Milling complex at the front end of the hydrometallurgical complex as an alternative drawing on their experience at Gold Strike.
Quest Vice-President for Operations Colin Lindsey said:
The depth of the talent and experience that Hatch has assembled for the completion of critical pieces of our impending pre-feasibility study work represents an important supplement of our existing project team working on the B-Zone deposit development. We look forward to their contribution and input with our current partners on this study.