VANCOUVER, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Stikine Energy Corp. (TSX.V: SKY) ("Stikine" or the "Company") announces the following update of its
pilot plant operations located in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Sepro Mineral Systems Corp. has recently completed modifications to the
new attrition scrubbers, motors and related electrical components at
the pilot plant. Maintenance repairs have also been made to other
equipment. Much of this work was not anticipated and has caused a
significant delay to the plant's operation and opportunities to test
sand products. The process flowsheet is a simple and innovative
arrangement of equipment that is off-the-shelf and available from a
variety of manufacturers at larger production sizes. However, the
assembly of the various components at a pilot-scale is new to the
industry and presents unique fabrication and commissioning challenges.
As a result of the delays the new plant arrangement has only recently
achieved steady-state and limited quantities of product samples.
Proppant testing of those initial samples shows that the operation has
not yet been optimized to produce API/ISO sand specifications. Changes
have been made to equipment settings and new samples will be shipped to
test. This iterative approach to fine tuning the pilot plant is
necessarily a time dependant exercise. However, the Company expects to
report on results from its process work on Nonda material through the
month of September 2011.
The pilot plant has previously demonstrated steady-state production of
Nonda 100 mesh sand that readily achieves API/ISO recommended
specifications for proppants. Bench-scale testing on a variety of
Nonda samples has also reliably produced -40+70 sand samples that meet
or exceed recommended specifications. The Company looks forward to
completing the current optimization and fine-tuning stage of its new
plant equipment shortly.
Scott Broughton, P.Eng. is the qualified person as defined by national
instrument 43-101 responsible for the preparation of this news release.
STIKINE ENERGY CORP.
Scott Broughton, P.Eng. - President and CEO
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