VANCOUVER, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Stikine Energy Corp. (TSXV: SKY) ("Stikine" or the "Company") announces the following update of its
pilot plant operations located in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Recent process testwork at the pilot plant shows that the new attrition
scrubbers installed and modified in late August provide marginal
performance improvements over the original units. A decision was made
in May 2011 to install the new units and to reconfigure the plant
design. Much effort and time has been spent trying to optimize the
pilot plant for those new scrubbers and Management has come to the
conclusion that the equipment is unlikely to perform the way it was
Based on discussions with the manufacturer and Stikine's consultants,
Sepro Mineral Systems Corp. ("Sepro") it was concluded the challenges
in achieving steady state performance from the new attrition scrubbers
is entirely related to the equipment itself, and not the material being
processed. This assessment is based on numerous bench-scale tests
showing positive results based on API/ISO testing for proppants.
As stated in previous news, 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 these recent observations, Sepro has recommended the
installation of a production-sized scrubber at the pilot plant. This
will facilitate a test of an off-the-shelf unit known to perform based
on its operation at a number of frac sand plants in North America. The
production-size scrubber and ancillary equipment will be supplied at no
cost to the Company for this trial. Testing should commence again in
mid-October, 2011 once all of the components are delivered and
installed to the plant.
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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