GUELPH, ON, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - ENPAR Technologies Inc. ("ENPAR" or "the
Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has been granted a patent for its ExtrEL Leaching Technology by the Patent Office of the
Republic of South Africa. This state-of-the-art, environmentally
friendly technology appears to be a cost effective method for the
extraction of nickel from mining mill sulphide waste. The successful
implementation of this novel technology has the dual benefit of low
cost nickel recovery and reduces the impact of acid mine drainage
(AMD). AMD is identified as one of the most serious environmental
issues facing the mining industry today.
The current patent will remain in effect for a term of twenty (20)
years, and management anticipates near-term patent approvals from
several other jurisdictions including Australia, Canada, Russia, South
America and United States.
Based on recent laboratory test results, ENPAR anticipates that the
ExtrEL Leaching Technology will achieve greater than 90% recovery of
nickel from sulphide waste materials similar to those located in the
Sudbury nickel mining camp. Following completion of the second phase of
the hydrometallurgical circuit optimization program in 2011, the
Company plans to conduct pilot-scale tests of the system. Given ready
access to nickel sulphide tailings deposits in Canada and elsewhere,
commercial implementation of the ExtrEL Technology by mining companies
could lead to significant cost savings and profits.
Mill sulphide tailings, which are comprised predominantly of iron and
sulphur, represent an environmental liability to the industry due to
the generation of AMD. The environmental impacts of AMD can last for
decades or perhaps centuries. It is reported that the mining industry
in Canada spends in excess of $100 million annually on control
measures, with potential, long-term liabilities estimated at several
billion dollars. Following completion of the optimization program,
ENPAR anticipates that the ExtrEL System will provide nickel sulphide
mining operations with a technological cost effective solution to
mitigate the effects of AMD. It is expected that, in addition to the
recovery of iron, sulphur and other metals, the system will produce
relatively low volumes of environmentally stable residual material.
ENPAR believes that successful application of the ExtrEL Technology has
the potential to provide the mining industry with an operationally
efficient method to reduce environmental liability and burdensome costs
currently associated with the long-term management of tailings.
ENPAR is a "Technology Company" applying its patented and proprietary
"Electrochemical Technologies" to the treatment of waste water and
drinking water contaminated by metals or nutrients i.e.,
nitrate/ammonia associated with the mining, metal processing, chemical,
agricultural, municipal and waste management sectors. At present, ENPAR
holds a total of 20 patents and has submitted an additional 18 patent
applications related to six distinct technologies. The common shares
trade on Tier ll of the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ENP".
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the "safe harbour" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to
risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause ENPAR
Technologies Inc. results to differ materially from expectations. These
include risks relating to market fluctuations, property performance and
other risks. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the
SOURCE Enpar Technologies Inc.
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