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MSALABS to bolster Chrysos PhotonAssay inventory on ‘exceptional demand’

MSALABS, a global provider of geochemical laboratory services for the exploration and mining sectors and a majority-owned subsidiary of Capital Limited, has expanded its global partnership with Chrysos Corp that will see it bolster its number of PhotonAssay™ units.

The partnership will see MSALABS deploy 21 Chrysos PhotonAssay™ units across the globe by 2025.

In April 2021, MSALABS announced its global partnership with Chrysos and revealed the planned deployment of six PhotonAssay units across its global network. This rollout commenced with a unit at Barrick Gold’s Bulyanhulu Gold Mine, in Tanzania, and represented the first Chrysos PhotonAssay unit deployment outside of Australia.

MSALABS has continued the rollout with units now commissioned at the Morila Gold Mine, in Mali (Firefinch), and in Val d’Or, Quebec, Canada. A fourth unit will arrive imminently in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, with facility preparations well advanced. A fifth unit is ready for shipment to the Kibali Gold Mine, in the DRC (Barrick Gold), with the sixth unit due to begin installation in Timmins, Canada, by the end of 2022.

The company has committed to a further 15 Chrysos PhotonAssay units that will be rolled out over 2023 and 2024. MSALABS says it is currently engaged with multiple mining companies globally, including most of the top 10, and continues to see “exceptional demand” for this revolutionary new technology.

PhotonAssay delivers multiple advantages over the slower, more hazardous fire assay process, according to MSALABS. The technology provides faster, safer, more accurate and environmentally-friendly analysis of gold, silver, copper and other elements. The process is significantly simpler than fire assay, dramatically improving the turnaround time for results and reducing the risk of human error, with the added benefit of being able to retain and retest samples. In addition, the use of X-rays avoids the high temperatures and harmful chemicals such as lead and acids involved in fire assay, making it more environmentally friendly with a lower carbon footprint.

Revenue guidance for MSALABS in 2022 remains circa-$30 million, which includes the rollout of the initial six Chrysos PhotonAssay units by year-end, with each unit generating $3-5 million, depending on use. Following the rollout of the further 15 units across 2023 and 2024, in conjunction with the expansion of the existing geochemistry business, MSALABS anticipates generating revenues in excess of $80 million/y.

Stuart Thomson, MSALABS CEO, said: “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Chrysos and to assist in the global rollout of its revolutionary technology. Over the past year, we have seen very strong demand for Chrysos PhotonAssay, and we expect this interest to continue to grow as our global mining customers not only gain confidence in its accuracy and reliability, but also benefit from the substantially improved turnaround time for results not possible with fire assay. In recent years we have grown our network significantly and now have 18 laboratories globally. Adding Chrysos PhotonAssay into our service offering is exciting for us and a key benefit for our customers.”

Capital bolsters Barrick Bulyanhulu work with laboratory, drilling contracts

Africa-focused mining services company, Capital, says it expanded its operations at Barrick Gold’s Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania with the award of two new contracts for its drilling and geochemical laboratory services divisions.

The contracts include a five-year laboratory services contract for Capital’s MSALABS subsidiary, together with a two-year underground grade control drilling agreement.

Capital commenced operations at Bulyanhulu in February 2020, undertaking a complex deep hole delineation drilling program. The company’s execution of the program resulted in an expansion of services, with two underground rigs added to operations from May, it said. The new contract will expand the underground fleet at Bulyanhulu to four, using two rigs from the existing fleet and including the acquisition of a further two underground rigs.

MSALABS, meanwhile, will undertake initial laboratory design and deliver ongoing laboratory management and analysis services under the laboratory services contract. Analysis capabilities will include fire assay together with new Chrysos PhotonAssay technology that uses X-ray technology to determine the gold content of mineral ores more quickly and accurately than traditional methods.

The contract terms are expected to be finalised imminently for a five-year term, key personnel recruitment and training is now complete and initial commissioning processes are underway, Capital said, adding that the new contracts were scheduled to commence on December 1.

Stuart Thomson, MSALABS CEO, said: “We are excited to commence this new contract with Barrick to manage their on-site laboratory at the Bulyanhulu mine. The use of the ground-breaking new Chrysos PhotonAssay technology will significantly increase assay throughput at Bulyanhulu, while delivering a much faster sample turnaround time for Barrick.”

Capital’s Executive Chairman, Jamie Boyton, said: “We are very pleased to be expanding our services at the Bulyanhulu Gold Mine and continue our valued relationship with Barrick. It is particularly pleasing that our team’s successful execution of the initial deep hole drilling program has contributed to this expansion and we are now delivering multiple services at the site.

“This aligns to Capital’s growth strategy of expanding services with existing customers at established mine sites, with the laboratory services contract to contribute to an increase in the company’s non-drilling revenues.”