Dr. Chris Fleming, developer of the SART Process

SGS Canada Inc. is honored to be the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (MetSoc) Innovation Award for development and commercialization of the SART (Sulfidization, Acidification, Recycling and Thickening) Process.

The Innovation Award recognizes outstanding innovation in the mining industry, specifically those that are implemented and practiced on a commercial scale in our industry. This industry recognition demonstrates SGS’s commitment to providing cutting-edge technology and efficient solutions.

Introduced to the gold mining industry in the late 1990s, the SART Process was developed by SGS with funding support from Teck Corporation. The process was first piloted in 1997 at SGS’s facilities in Lakefield, Ontario and the first commercial plant was commissioned in 2004 at the Telfer mine in Australia. The profound effect of the process on the economics of treating gold/copper ore bodies immediately attracted the attention of the industry and six more plants have been built and commissioned around the world in the last ten years.

The SART Process recovers cyanide from gold leach solutions in situations where the gold ore contains high levels of cyanide-soluble copper minerals. The process separates copper from cyanide, allowing the cyanide to be recycled to leach more gold whilst simultaneously converting the copper from a costly impurity to a valuable by-product. The benefits of using the SART Process include lower operating costs, enhancement in the quality of the final gold product and improvement of operational health and safety. SGS has the bankable metallurgical expertise to help clients effectively achieve their objectives and deliver greater productivity and profitability.

The plaque that was presented to SGS on Tuesday, August 25 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, during the Conference of Metallurgists in Toronto, Ontario, was received by Dr. Chris Fleming, Senior SGS Metallurgical Consultant and developer of the SART Process.

Around the world, SGS offers a wide range of integrated services for the hard rock, energy minerals and fertilizer sectors including sustainable geochemical analysis, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgical testing and consulting, engineering services, advanced systems, water treatment and trade services. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit SGS Mining.

For more information, please contact:

Andre McKen
Director, Metallurgical Services
SGS Canada Inc.
185 Concession Street
Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
t: +1 705 652 2139

Lawrence Ng
Vice President, Minerals Services
SGS Canada Inc.
3260 Production Way
Burnaby, BC V5A 4W4
m: +1 778 374 3924

Steve Wilson
Vice President, North America
SGS Minerals Services
1140 Sheppard Avenue, Unit 6
Toronto, ON M3K 2A2
m: +1 647 922 8061

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