SGS Labs is currently performing Phase 1A metallurgical testing on the Wicheeda bulk sample. A 30 tonne bulk sample has been crushed to a nominal 1 inch size and a 400 kg subsample has been taken for batch and grindability tests. Preparation is underway to prepare a grindability sample, flotation charges and head assays. The subsample from the head will be submitted for chemical and mineralogical analysis as well.
Following a successful Phase 1A, Phase 1B hydrometallugical testwork is to commence on the 20 kg sample of flotation concentrate once it has been produced, by the end of May. The goal of this hydrometallurgical testwork will be to produce a purified, mixed REE concentrate and provide data that can be used to design a hydrometallugical pilot plant.