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EcoMetals Resource Group (ERG) is leading the way in sustainable mineral extraction with innovative projects like the Direct Nickel (DNi) process. Located in the mineral-rich region of Palawan, Philippines, ERG focuses on extracting critical minerals such as nickel, manganese, cobalt, copper, and rare earth elements. These minerals are essential for technologies like semiconductors, EV batteries, and aerospace materials. By utilizing advanced, eco-friendly methods, EcoMetals not only boosts local economies but also ensures environmental protection. Their efforts promise significant economic benefits and a greener future, supporting both technological advancement and sustainable development for society.

Advanced Feasibility Study for Direct Nickel Process Plants

EcoMetals Resource Group is embarking on an Advanced Feasibility Study (AFS) to assess the viability and strategic implementation of two (2) Direct Nickel (DNi) process plants, each with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes per annum. This comprehensive study will play a crucial role in determining the economic, technical, and environmental feasibility of the proposed plants, paving the way for sustainable and efficient nickel production.

Key Objectives:

  1. Economic Analysis:

    • Cost Estimation: Detailed assessment of capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operational expenditures (OPEX) associated with the construction and operation of the DNi process plants.

    • Financial Projections: Analysis of projected revenue streams, profitability, and return on investment (ROI) over the plant's lifecycle.

    • Funding Strategies: Identification of potential funding sources and financial models to support the project, including public-private partnerships, investor engagement, and government incentives.

  2. Technical Evaluation:

    • Process Optimization: Examination of the DNi process technology to ensure optimal extraction and processing of nickel from laterite ores.

    • Engineering Design: Development of detailed engineering plans, including plant layout, equipment specifications, and infrastructure requirements.

    • Resource Assessment: Comprehensive analysis of ore quality and quantity, ensuring a reliable and consistent supply of feedstock for the plants.

  3. Environmental and Social Impact:

    • Environmental Assessment: Evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of the DNi process plants, including emissions, waste management, and resource utilization. Development of mitigation strategies to minimize environmental footprint.

    • Community Engagement: Engagement with local communities, particularly Indigenous and low-income populations, to address concerns, ensure transparency, and foster community support.

    • Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring adherence to local, national, and international regulations and standards, securing necessary permits and approvals.

  4. Operational Feasibility:

    • Site Selection: Identification and evaluation of potential sites for the DNi process plants, considering factors such as proximity to ore deposits, infrastructure, and logistics.

    • Workforce Planning: Development of workforce requirements, training programs, and employment opportunities for local communities.

    • Risk Management: Identification and assessment of potential risks, including technical, financial, and operational risks. Development of risk mitigation strategies to ensure project resilience and success.

The Advanced Feasibility Study for the two Direct Nickel process plants represents a significant step toward realizing EcoMetals Resource Group's vision of sustainable and responsible nickel production. By conducting a thorough and comprehensive analysis, the AFS will provide the foundation for informed decision-making, strategic planning, and successful project execution.

This initiative underscores EcoMetals' commitment to innovation, environmental stewardship, and community development, positioning the company at the forefront of the global transition to renewable energy, technology advancement, and sustainable resource management.

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Advance Feasibility Study

EcoMetals Resource Group is at the forefront of innovation in the mineral extractive sector, leveraging advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize mineral detection, data integration, and process plant safety. Our AI development initiative, led by HB Cardenas and Jun Pasion, focuses on three critical areas: device and sensor integration, mineral detection, and acid leak detection, ensuring a sustainable and efficient operation.

1. Device and Sensor Integration: EcoMetals is pioneering the integration of state-of-the-art devices and sensors into the mining process. Our AI-driven systems are designed to seamlessly connect with various types of sensors that monitor environmental conditions, machinery performance, and mineral composition. This integration enables real-time data collection and analysis, providing invaluable insights that enhance decision-making, optimize resource allocation, and improve overall operational efficiency.

2. Advanced Mineral Detection: Utilizing cutting-edge AI algorithms, EcoMetals' mineral detection technology offers unparalleled precision in identifying valuable minerals within ore samples. By analyzing vast amounts of geological data, our AI systems can accurately predict the location and concentration of critical minerals such as nickel, cobalt, and manganese. This capability not only reduces the time and cost associated with traditional exploration methods but also minimizes environmental impact by targeting extraction efforts more effectively.

3. Acid Leak Detection and Prevention: Safety is a paramount concern in mining operations, and EcoMetals is committed to ensuring the highest standards. Our AI-powered acid leak detection system employs sophisticated sensors to monitor for potential acid leaks in real-time. By continuously analyzing sensor data, the AI can detect even the smallest anomalies that may indicate a leak, allowing for immediate corrective actions. This proactive approach not only protects the environment from hazardous spills but also safeguards the health and safety of our workforce.

EcoMetals Resource Group's investment in AI technology underscores our commitment to sustainable and responsible extractive practices. By integrating advanced devices and sensors, enhancing mineral detection capabilities, and implementing robust acid leak detection systems, we are setting new benchmarks for efficiency, safety, and environmental stewardship in the mining industry.

Our AI development is not just about embracing modern technology; it's about paving the way for a future where mining operations are more sustainable, efficient, and safe for all stakeholders.

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Gold (Au) Extraction

EcoMetals Resource Group: Maximizing Gold Recovery from Laterite Ore in the Philippines

The Philippines is renowned for its rich mineral deposits, including the presence of gold (Au) in laterite ore. EcoMetals Resource Group is dedicated to harnessing this valuable resource to boost mineral production and contribute to the country's economic growth. By employing state-of-the-art technologies and adhering to sustainable practices, we aim to maximize the extraction of gold while minimizing environmental impact. Here’s how we achieve efficient, safe, and cost-effective processing of laterite ore:

01 Crushing and Grinding:

Eco-Friendly Extraction

  • The extracted ore undergoes primary crushing to reduce the size of the rocks, followed by grinding to achieve a fine particle size.

  • Advanced milling techniques ensure optimal particle size distribution, enhancing the efficiency of subsequent processing steps.

Integrating Recovery of Rare Earths and Scandium into Laterite Ore Processing

Adjusted Workflow Integration

  • Ore Characterization:

    • Initially, comprehensive ore characterization is crucial. This involves detailed analysis to identify the content and distribution of rare earth elements and scandium within the laterite ore.

    • Spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and other analytical methods can be employed to determine the presence and concentrations of these elements.

  • Enhanced Leaching Process:

    • After the extraction of gold and before the Direct Nickel process, adjust the leaching conditions specifically to target the recovery of REEs and scandium.

    • The leaching solution, temperature, and pH might be optimized to improve the dissolution of rare earths and scandium without compromising the recovery of nickel and other metals.

    • Typically, stronger acids or specialized reagents may be required to leach rare earth elements efficiently.

  • Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange:

    • Solvent extraction techniques can be specifically tailored for the selective recovery of rare earths and scandium.

    • Ion exchange resins offer another effective method for separating rare earths from the leachate. These resins are particularly useful due to their ability to target specific ions based on their size and charge.

  • Precipitation and Refining:

    • Following solvent extraction, the rare earth and scandium solutions can be treated to precipitate these elements as oxides or other compounds.

    • Further refining may involve conversion of precipitates to metals or alloys, depending on market demands and technological requirements.

02 Gold (Au) Extraction

Gravity Separation:
The ground ore is subjected to gravity separation methods to concentrate gold particles.

  • Equipment such as shaking tables and centrifugal concentrators are employed to separate gold based on its high density relative to other minerals.

Cyanide Leaching (Optional & Further Study):

  • For ores with fine gold particles that are difficult to recover through gravity methods, cyanide leaching may be used.

  • This involves dissolving gold in a cyanide solution, followed by recovery using activated carbon or zinc precipitation.

  • Strict safety measures and environmental controls are implemented to handle and neutralize cyanide, ensuring no harm to workers or the environment.

Projects' Implementation Considerations

  • Technological Investment:

    • Integrating the recovery of rare earths and scandium requires additional technological investments in specialized equipment and chemical reagents.

    • Economic viability studies should be conducted to assess the potential return on investment from extracting these elements, considering their market prices and demand.

  • Regulatory Compliance:

    • The process adjustments must comply with local and international environmental regulations, particularly concerning the use of stronger acids or unique chemicals.

    • It’s essential to have robust systems for managing any potentially hazardous materials.

  • Environmental and Safety Protocols:

    • Enhanced safety measures and environmental protection protocols are necessary when handling more complex chemical processes.

    • Continuous monitoring and adaptive management strategies should be employed to mitigate any additional environmental risks.

  • Market Analysis and Strategic Partnerships:

    • A thorough market analysis is essential to align the recovery of rare earths and scandium with global demand and pricing trends.

    • Strategic partnerships might be formed with industries that utilize rare earths and scandium, such as electronics, renewable energy, and aerospace, to secure future markets for these elements.

At EcoMetals Resource Group, we’re not just in the extraction business; we’re pioneering the future of sustainable resource recovery. By revolutionizing our methods to include the recovery of gold (Au) rare earth elements (REEs) and scandium, we unlock unparalleled value from laterite ore. This strategic innovation doesn’t just enhance profitability; it places us at the forefront of a global movement towards the critical minerals essential for high-tech applications, driving sustainability and innovation across diverse industries.

Our relentless pursuit of excellence propels us to enhance our offerings and expand our technological capabilities continually. Our team of experts, fueled by passion and innovation, is dedicated to developing cutting-edge technology that sets new industry standards.

Are you ready to experience the future of mining and resource recovery? Connect with us and be part of the revolution.

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