Core Resources Partners With ZRE for Leaching Technology

Core Resources (Core) has entered into a Cooperation and Commercialisation Agreement with ZRE Engineering and Trading (ZRE) of Istanbul, Turkey for the development and commercialisation of mineral processing technologies developed by ZRE.

ZRE is an advanced mineral processing technology company. The technologies to be jointly developed include:

  • An accelerated method for atmospheric leaching of nickel and cobalt from laterite ores, with lower processing residence time (compared to current atmospheric processes) and removal of expensive pressure leaching requirements;
  • Improved methods for purification of laterite leach liquors from atmospheric leaching, and extraction of nickel and cobalt with reduced acid consumption;
  • Improved methods for the re-treatment of bauxite residues, with potential for extraction of valuable minerals and safer disposal of the remaining wastes;

ZRE will leverage Core’s support for these technologies which have the potential to change the economics of atmospheric leaching of nickel-cobalt laterites, and to offer opportunities to reprocess bauxite “red mud” tailings.

As part of the agreement, Core will be responsible for testwork, process engineering and commercialisation services with ZRE supplying IP and technology.

This agreement presents an opportunity for Core’s clients to access world leading nickel-cobalt leaching know how, with the potential for radically improved project economics.

Peter Rohner, Core Technical Director said that they are excited to add further strong capability to Core’s portfolio of skills, to meet Core’s clients’ needs in areas covering nickel-cobalt leaching and bauxite residue treatment.

Zekeriya Canbekte, Chairman and Head of R&D of ZRE commented that “ZRE is delighted to engage with Core to help further commercialisation of ZRE’s innovative technologies for nickel and cobalt atmospheric leaching from laterites and for red mud re-treatment. With Core’s strong international brand and experience in technology commercialisation we thought Core was a good fit to partner with ZRE in this endeavour.”

About Core Resources

Core’s goal is to change the way the world produces minerals, to ensure future mining is clean and sustainable.  With a strong focus on innovation, Core develops or partners with groups to offer new, clean methods for processing the minerals that society needs. Core’s expertise is in the sustainable and clean processing of complex ores and minerals.

About ZRE

ZRE develops specialised technologies with 30 years of scientific experience in the field of ion chemistry. With its internationally recognised patents and process technologies, ZRE develops special technologies and environmentally friendly processes that yield higher economic value for the mining industry and its mineral wastes.

For more information please contact:

Peter Rohner – Technical Director, Core Group

M +61 417 780 462

E [email protected]

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