CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“NioCorp” or the “Company”) (TSX:NB) (OTCQX:NIOBF) (FSE:BR3) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Calcination Pilot Plant, which has demonstrated a means of recycling sulphuric acid under continuous conditions. The pilot plant was constructed and operated at the SGS facility in Lakefield, Ontario (SGS).
The pilot plant operated continuously from November 28 through December 2, 2016. Solid material generated during the company’s Acid Regeneration Pilot Plant was fed to a kiln where it was heated to decompose the solids into the gaseous precursors of sulphuric acid. The Pilot Plant accomplished all three of its objectives, which were to run the Calcination unit operation continuously, to generate quantities of Calcine product for follow-on characterization testing, and to provide a characterization of the gas generated during calcining. The Pilot Plant was fed with 183 kg of solids and produced 53 kg of dry Calcine product, which is right in line with expectations from previous bench testing at SGS.
“The means of recycling the Elk Creek Project’s two main reagents has now been demonstrated through the Acid Recovery and Calcination Pilot Plants,” said Mark A. Smith, Executive Chairman and CEO of NioCorp. “Recycling reagents within the plant will mean that our Elk Creek operation would be less dependent on external supplies of these materials, and is in keeping with the Company’s objective of developing an efficient operating plant design for the Elk Creek Feasibility Study.”
The Company also is pleased to announce that the final pilot plant necessary to complete the Elk Creek Project Feasibility Study, which is intended to optimize the niobium recovery process, commenced operation at SGS on December 5, 2016.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
Executive Chairman, CEO, and Director
Qualified Persons: Eric Larochelle, B.Eng of SMH Process Innovation, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, is responsible for the Elk Creek hydrometallurgical program and has read and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
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NioCorp is developing a superalloy materials project in Southeast Nebraska that will produce Niobium, Scandium, and Titanium. Niobium is used to produce superalloys as well as High Strength, Low Alloy (“HSLA”) steel, which is a lighter, stronger steel used in automotive, structural, and pipeline applications. Scandium is a superalloy material that can be combined with Aluminum to make alloys with increased strength and improved corrosion resistance. Scandium also is a critical component of advanced solid oxide fuel cells. Titanium is used in various superalloys and is a key component of pigments used in paper, paint and plastics and is also used for aerospace applications, armor and medical implants.
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