- 95% gold recoveries and 80% silver recoveries with a conventional flow sheet
- Ability to recover lead and zinc through flotation into separate saleable concentrates
Vancouver, British Columbia – Luminex Resources Corp. (TSXV: LR) (US OTC: LUMIF) (the “Company” or “Luminex”) is pleased to announce positive metallurgical test results from the Camp deposit area of the Condor project in southeast Ecuador. The tests demonstrated that gold, silver, zinc and lead could all be recovered using conventional processing methods.
Summary Metallurgical Recovery Results
C. H. Plenge & CIA S.A. (“Plenge”), an independent metallurgical testing laboratory based in Lima, Peru where the tests were conducted, recommends that the process flowsheet include gravity concentration, intensive cyanidation of gravity concentrates, bulk flotation of gravity tailings, Carbon-in-Leach (“CIL”) cyanidation of bulk rougher concentrates and lastly separate lead and zinc flotation concentrate production.
The proposed flow sheet would generate three saleable products: gold and silver doré, a lead concentrate and a zinc concentrate. Total recoveries for saleable metals were: 95% for gold, 80% for silver, 56% for lead and 62% for zinc. The summary recoveries for each stage are presented in the below table.
|Gravity Concentration and Intensive Leach||34%||7%||-||-|
|CIL Treatment of Bulk Flotation Concentrate||61%||46%||-||-|
|Flotation for Lead and Zinc Concentrates||-||27%||56%||62%|
Test Work Description
The results were generated based on a master composite (the “Master Composite”), which was a blend of low, medium and high-grade composites from the Camp deposit. The individual variability composites were prepared using approximately 310 kilograms of drill core collected during the 2019 and 2020 drilling campaign from 13 different drill holes.
The three composites had gold assays that ranged from 1.7 g/t to 6.4 g/t and silver assays that ranged from 10.5 g/t to 60.3 g/t. The Master Composite was prepared for the metallurgical testing program using equal weights of the three composites and assayed 4.3 g/t gold, 29.3 g/t silver, 0.18% lead, 0.98% zinc and 3.6% sulphur sulphide.
The types of tests performed were: whole ore gravity concentration, intensive cyanidation of gravity concentrates, whole ore CIL cyanidation, CIL cyanidation of the gravity tails, bulk flotation of gravity tails and CIL cyanidation of the bulk rougher concentrate and bulk flotation of the whole mineralized material and flotation for lead and zinc from the cyanidation residue.
Detailed Results of the Test Work
CIL cyanidation of the Master Composite, at a grind size of 80% passing 75 microns, yielded gold and silver extractions of 97% and 44%, respectively. Finer grinding improved extractions slightly.
Gravity concentration tests on the Master Composite yielded gold and silver extractions that averaged 34% and 12%, respectively, into concentrates that averaged 548 g/t gold and 1,235 g/t silver. Intensive cyanidation of gravity concentrates resulted in gold and silver extractions of 99.7% and 60%, respectively.
CIL cyanidation of gravity tails yielded gold and silver extractions of 95% and 29%, respectively. In one test the combined gold and silver extractions for cyanidation of gravity concentrates and gravity tails were 95% and 39%, respectively.
Flotation of gravity tails yielded rougher concentrates that assayed 16 g/t gold, 143 g/t silver, 0.6% lead and 4.7% zinc. Recoveries into the rougher concentrates were 98% for gold, 96% for silver, 92% for lead and 88% for zinc. Cyanidation of rougher concentrates from the flotation of gravity tails averaged extractions of 94% for gold and 52% for silver.
Flotation of the Master Composite resulted in rougher concentrates that assayed 32 g/t gold, 186 g/t silver, 1.0% lead and 5.6% zinc. Rougher concentrate recoveries were 98% for gold, 96% for silver, 94% for lead and 79% for zinc.
The combination of gravity concentration, intensive cyanidation of gravity concentrates, flotation of gravity tails and cyanidation of rougher flotation concentrates results in gold and silver recoveries in a doré product of approximately 95% and 53%, respectively.
Flotation concentrate cyanidation residues were subjected to open circuit flotation to produce separate lead and zinc concentrates. Cleaner flotation yielded lead concentrates that assayed 3,324 g/t silver, 1.0 g/t gold and 52% lead at a lead recovery of 25%. Zinc concentrates assayed 258 g/t silver, 3.2 g/t gold and 48% zinc at a zinc recovery of 55%. Lead and zinc recoveries in rougher concentrates, prior to cleaning, were 48% and 93%, respectively. More testing is required to better define flotation conditions and improve lead and zinc recoveries into final concentrates.
All the samples were assayed by Plenge. Head assay were also submitted to Inspectorate Services Peru, an independent metallurgical testing laboratory based in Lima, Peru. Assay results between the two testing facilities were consistent. Product re-assays by a third party are in progress. Flotation optimization tests using design of experiment included no less than four duplicate tests to obtain lack of fit and pure error estimates. A good reconciliation was found between the calculated head grades and the assay head grades.
Luminex is not aware of any factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data referred to herein.
Nelson King, SME Registered Member and Metallurgical Consultant to the Company, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Mr. King has assisted Luminex in the development and direction of the metallurgical testing program for the Condor project, has visited Plenge’s laboratory in Lima to review the testing facilities, and has reviewed, verified and approved the content of this press release, including the data underlying the metallurgical testing.
About Luminex Resources
Luminex Resources Corp. (TSXV:LR) is a Vancouver, Canada based precious and base metals exploration and development company focused on gold and copper projects in Ecuador. Luminex’s inferred and indicated mineral resources are located at the Condor Gold-Copper project in Zamora-Chinchipe Province, southeast Ecuador. Luminex also holds a large and highly prospective land package in Ecuador, including the Tarqui and Pegasus projects, which are being co-developed with BHP Group plc and Anglo American respectively.
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