Bioleaching of black shales at the Property to recover metals offers significant Sulfur, H2S and CO2 consumption opportunities, with capacity to consume significant sulfur waste currently produced from oil sands operations in the Athabasca region. In addition, demonstrated CO2 sequestration opportunities exist with black shales elsewhere in the world which have not been fully tested in Alberta.
Taken together, these are environmental benefits rarely available from any typical mining operations anywhere.
The capacity of the envisaged metals recoveries process to also produce excess hydro offers further CO2 offsets as a significant contribution to GHG mitigation efforts in the region.
Prior leaching and bioleaching R&D testwork and studies of the mineralized Alberta black shales at the Property have identified many opportunities for significant enhancements to metals recoveries and related processing methods and enhancements to optimize reagent consumption to further lower the eco footprint of envisaged mining operations toward net-zero. These include the following:
The Company will build on existing prior R&D work on shales from the Property to advance their potential as a serious contributor to GHG and waste Sulfur mitigation efforts in the region.