Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) announced significant results from the second series of beneficiation tests conducted on samples from its wholly-owned Albany graphite deposit. The company used two different leaching processes which both returned results exceeding the target of >99.0% Carbon.
As quoted in the press release:
One process yielded 99.7% C while another different and cheaper process yielded an exceptional purity of 99.96% C. This is further confirmation of earlier mineralogical studies that showed the Albany ‘vein-type’ graphite material to be of high quality and containing minor amounts of impurities. The ability to produce a natural graphite product equivalent in purity to the highest grade synthetic graphite using low-cost conventional processing techniques will allow Zenyatta to target the growing market in high value-added graphite applications.
Zenyatta’s President and CEO, Aubrey Eveleigh, stated:
Achieving these ultra-high purity carbon values at such an early stage from a simple and relatively inexpensive process is truly remarkable. This large ‘vein-type’ graphite deposit appears to be ‘one of a kind’ globally in both size and quality. With accelerated global interest in the Albany graphite deposit, Zenyatta will continue to discuss the merits of the project with potential strategic partners, including graphite end-users.