Taranis has purchased and erected onsite a pilot gold plant that will process high-grade gold material from the SIF Zone. In January of 2017, the company received the final operating permits from the Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources to operate the plant commencing on June 15, 2017. The plant is expected to operate throughout 2017 and will process 1,000 tonnes of material from the SIF outcrop that is located about 300 m north of the plant.
The project will take high-grade gold ore from the SIF area and process the material using a 2T/hr jaw crusher, and hammer mill. The ore will be reduced to a size where it can be processed on a shaker table that will extract the coarse gold.
The entire operation is powered using a 45 KVA portable generator, and a skid steer will be used to load ore into the coarse ore hopper. The gold recovered from the samples will be measured and compared to the material entering the plant, and this will be reconciled with the estimated grade of the outcrop from diamond drilling. In addition to this, the tails and middling will also be sampled routinely to gain an understanding of the recoveries and size distribution of the gold. This serves as a valuable guide to understanding how effective diamond drilling is in quantifying the grade of high-grade gold zones at Thor.
During operation, the plant will utilize water from the tailings pond and recirculate it through the plant, thereby minimizing the amount of water used in the process.