Renascor Resources has been awarded a $100,000 research grant to conduct mineral processing test work at its Siviour graphite deposit in the Eyre Peninsula.
Siviour is part of the Arno graphite project and has a mineral resource estimate of 80.6 million tonnes at 7.9 per cent total graphitic carbon (TGC) for 6.4 million tonnes of contained graphite.
The grant comes from the South Australian Government’s Future Industries Accelerator Research and Development Voucher Scheme, headed by the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute, which aims to accelerate the growth of local industries.
The funding will support mineral processing test work on the deposit, with the aim of enhancing the Siviour mineral process flow sheet and finding cost reductions that could be applied to a full scale operation.
It will include contributions from graphite and mineral processing experts, Professors Bill Skinner and Ajayan Vinu from the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute.
The funds will also be used to support the suitability of Siviour concentrates for advanced industry applications including lithium ion batteries and expandable graphite.
The results of the research will be used together with ongoing studies aimed at increasing the potential for Siviour to produce cost effective graphite concentrates for sale in industrial markets.