Sama Resources (“Sama” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SME) is pleased to announce that recent tests conducted by CVMR Corporation (“CVMR”) on Samapleu mineralized material returned recovery rates of 92% and 85% nickel and iron, respectively.
The quality nickel produced will be suitable for a wide range of end-use applications, including rechargeable batteries, aerospace uses, metal injection molding for automotive and medical instrumentation parts as well as feed material for 3D additive manufacturing. Moreover, the premium nickel and iron powders produced from the concentrate are expected to improve with system optimization during the subsequent campaign.
The cobalt and copper were upgraded by 228% and 279%, respectively, in the post-production concentrate compared to the grade of the feed source.
Following the recovery of nickel and iron, the copper, cobalt and PGE (platinum-group metals) became more concentrated to levels that can potentially be sold as such or further refined for added value. Assays were performed by SGS Canada, an accredited and independent laboratory.
The test is part of a second campaign conducted on the Samapleu flotation concentrate of polymetallic nickel-iron-copper-cobalt sulphide under the terms of the agreement signed with CVMR (reference Sama’s press release dated June 8, 2017).