Cougar Metals, a Perth, Australia-based exploration and drilling company, recently published an update on a test work program currently under way on an innovative hydrometallurgical extraction process for potential implementation at the company’s Pyke Hill nickel cobalt laterite project in Western Australia.
Cougar said it had carried out initial test work using historic reverse circulation drill spoil taken from the surface at Pyke Hill. Following a detailed review of this initial program, it determined that a more detailed series of tests is warranted. As a result, a drilling program is now being designed to retrieve representative metallurgical scale samples from the high-grade nickel and cobalt zones of the Pyke Hill orebody for use in the next phase of test work.
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