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Saskatchewan Research Council’s new mineral processing pilot plant is now open for business

October 25, 2013

SASKATOON, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)
officially opened its new mineral processing pilot plant in Saskatoon
today. The pilot plant, announced in the fall of 2012, is now fully
operational and has been well-received by the mining industry, already
taking requests from clients in Saskatchewan and across Canada.

The minerals industry in Western Canada has grown quickly over the past
decade and is expected to keep increasing in size and scope into the
foreseeable future. SRC continues to help develop the minerals industry
through its work with the addition of new facilities, equipment and
services. This pilot plant, coupled with SRC’s existing mineral
processing expertise, laboratory and testing facilities, including a
new Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by SCANning electron microscopy
(QEMSCAN®) service, will allow mining companies to access a full range
of mineral processing services making it more efficient, convenient and
economical to do business.

“The mining industry continues to be a pillar of the Western Canadian
economy,” said Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon -
Humboldt. “Our investment in SRC’s pilot plant facility will help
improve productivity and lead to the creation of more jobs and
opportunities for growth.”

The pilot plant will specifically support the development and
demonstration of new and improved methods for processing minerals such
as potash, uranium, gold, base metals, coal, oil sands and oil shale,
along with being one of the few centres in Canada with an emphasis on
rare earth minerals. By enabling the pilot-scale demonstration of new
technologies, it will be able to assist companies increase mining
yields and decrease associated costs.

“This pilot plant showcases not only the latest evolution SRC has made
in support of the mining industry, but also how they continue to be a
leader in this very important sector,” said Minister of the Economy and
Minister responsible for SRC Bill Boyd. “The fact that this facility is
gaining worldwide attention goes to show that Saskatchewan’s talents
are recognized around the globe and we are a hub for providing some of
the very best services in the world.”

The pilot plant adjoins SRC’s diamond facilities and Pipe Flow
Technology Centre(TM). Operating at a throughput capacity of about two
metric tonnes per day, the plant can process 400-500 metric tonnes per
year for multiple clients and projects.

“The response we have received to this pilot plant has been encouraging
and we are pleased to be able to offer these much-needed services to
the mining industry not only here in Saskatchewan but in Canada and
internationally,” said SRC President and CEO Dr. Laurier Schramm. “The
addition of this pilot plant is just another example of the many ways
SRC is contributing to the continued economic growth of the
Saskatchewan economy.”

Funding of $1.27-million was provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan
Western Economic Partnership Agreement, with SRC providing $930,000 to
the project. The plant is complemented by a new QEMSCAN® service that
was announced by SRC earlier this spring. QEMSCAN® provides
quantitative mineralogy as critical preliminary information for mineral

SRC is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research,
development and demonstration (RD&D), and technology commercialization.
With more than 400 employees, $67 million in annual revenue and 66
years of RD&D experience, SRC provides services and products to its
1,800 clients in 24 countries around the world. For more information,
view SRC’s website at http://www.src.sk.ca.

A media kit, including professional photos and video of the pilot plant,
is available to the media at http://src.nu/srcmediakit

SOURCE Saskatchewan Research Council

Source: PR Newswire