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AGQ Mining to study uranium mining waste in Portugal

AGQ Mining has been awarded a contract to carry out analytical geochemical characterisation and leaching tests on dump material from various radioactive mining areas in Portugal.

The Portugal-based public company, EDM (Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro), awarded AGQ Mining & Bioenergy the contract.

The purpose of the project is to study the chemical stability over the medium and long term of residual materials present in these areas, which can assist the companies in predicting the future drainage that may occur. This will help estimate the potential environmental impacts and provide valuable information for the design and evaluation of the effectiveness of restoration measures and corrective actions, AGQ Mining said.

For this, in addition to the chemical and radiological analysis of the samples, simple and sequential column percolation tests will be carried out, as well as kinetic geochemical tests such as the humidity cells, it added.

W Resources signs Régua haulage and crushing services contract with FPMI

W Resources says it has signed a contract with FPMI to provide low cost haulage and crushing services to its Régua tungsten project in northern Portugal.

Under the contract, once mining has commenced, ore from Régua will be hauled 27 km to the existing FPMI crusher and crushed to a range of 5-10 mm. As part of the service contract, FPMI will use the waste ore for rehabilitation of its existing quarry providing local environmental benefits. The estimated crushing and haulage cost is around $40-45 per metric tonne unit (mtu) and W will pay €50,000 ($56,020) to expand access roads for haulage.

The Régua mine and processing circuit comprises near-horizontal adit mining using contract mining and a combination of open stoping and room and pillar; haulage of ore from mine face to FPMI crushing plant; crushing of ore to 5-10 mm using the existing FPMI crusher, and; processing the crushed ore through to tungsten concentrate using the existing La Parrilla concentrator plant, which will be moved to Régua and upgraded later this year.

Golder Associates, which completed the JORC compliant mineral reserves and resource estimate for Régua in 2015, is working on the updated estimate and has advised it will be completed no later than early-October.

The current resources is 5.46 Mt at 0.28% WO3, with the mine on-track and targeting first ore in 2019. The development of Régua (on top of the operating mine at La Parrilla) will increase W Resources tungsten production profile to over 3,800 t/y, the company says.

Michael Masterman, Chairman of W Resources, said: “Régua is a high-grade, low-capital cost tungsten mine development with significant scope to increase the resource base, which is currently underway. The haulage and crushing services contract with FPMI allows W to advance Régua to development with efficient capital deployment.

“Our aim is to bring Régua into commercial production with sensible capital deployment leveraging contract mining, haulage and crushing contracts, thereby keeping the capital costs of development low. The FPMI contract is an important step in achieving this objective.”

Continental expands OTR tyre production capacity at Lousado

Continental is expanding its production facilities in Lousado, Portugal, increasing capacity for the production of radial earthmoving and port tyres with a diameter larger than 24 in (610 mm).

In the course of the ramp-up, more than 100 new jobs will be created, the company said.

Christian Kötz, Member of the Executive Board at Continental and Head of the Tire division, said: “Both the port and earthmoving segments are among the key growth areas in the commercial specialty tyre market. The new production lines clearly reflect our commitment to these segments and the overall OTR (off-the-road) business.”

The new production hall will be created adjacent to the radial agricultural tyre production facility, opened in 2017.

“Equipped with state-of-the-art tyre building machinery and automated devices, it is designed to deliver cutting-edge radial tyres while following the highest of ergonomic standards,” Continental said. “Once at full speed, the production lines will deliver three earthmoving tyre lines and another three port tyre lines.”

Besides the new production facilities, the research and development centre in Lousado is being expanded and will be used for continuous performance and quality tests of all agricultural, port and earthmoving tyres, the company said.

Kötz concluded: “This investment strengthens our footprint in Lousado and transforms the top-efficiency plant into a competence centre for big radial tyres for off-road use.”