SGS signs JV with Golden Compass to open geochem lab in Saudi Arabia

SGS has announced a joint venture agreement with Golden Compass, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest exploration and mining consultancy and service providers, to open and operate a new geochemistry laboratory in Saudi Arabia.

This lab will provide sample preparation and geochemistry analysis to the mining and minerals industry in the country, SGS says.

Saudi Arabia has committed to the development of the mining and minerals industry, as part of its Vision 2030. The country is home to a largely unexplored landmass, with geological resources estimated to exceed $2.5 trillion according to some reports. More than 48 minerals have been identified, including base metals, precious metals, industrial metals and rare earth elements.

The new commercial laboratory will support the country’s growing mining ambitions and ensure that local explorers and mining operators have access to world-class testing services, SGS says. The joint venture will maximise the strengths of SGS’s analytical experience and services across the mining lifecycle, in addition to Golden Compass’s mining operations and drilling and exploration consultancy services.

“We are excited to build on SGS’s established presence in Saudi Arabia by adding geochemistry services, especially at a time when there is significant growth in the mining and minerals industry,” Lawrence Ng, Global Vice President, Geochemistry at SGS, says. “Together with our joint venture partner, we look forward to helping exploration and mining companies identify, quantify and realise the full potential of their mineral deposits.”

The new commercial laboratory, operated by SGS experts, will be located in Jeddah. It is expected to open in the December quarter of 2024 and will provide:

  • Sample preparation, including drying, crushing, pulverising and sieving;
  • Fire assays with AAS and gravimetric finish multi-element testing;
  • ICP-OES;
  • ICP-MS; and
  • Carbon and sulphur analysis.

This laboratory will have the latest equipment and follow SGS’s strict quality assurance and quality control standards to maintain the same high level of analysis expected of SGS worldwide, the company says.

Meshary AlAli AlDehashi, CEO of Golden Compass, said: “This investment will contribute to achieving SGS – Golden Compass investment goals to support and enhance local content by localizing some mining services. This will help realize the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which focuses on transforming the kingdom into a major mining hub.”