Canadian mining company Forsys Metals Corp. has selected mining services company DRA Mineral Projects as the primary engineering consulting firm to conduct trade-off studies at the Norasa Uranium Project which is wholly owned by Forsys subsidiary, Valencia Uranium.
As per the agreement, DRA Mineral Projects will be responsible for reviewing test work information with the aim of identifying and confirming optimal grind size while considering uranium recovery, costs, materials handling and tailings handling.
Additional responsibilities include the balancing of trade-off studies including the comminution circuitry design; leach circuitry design and layout; and dewatering circuit configuration and design as well as the undertaking of a tailings deposition option study, techno-financial evaluations and qualitative risk assessments.
The studies will be undertaken over a period of eight weeks and will be completed alongside a drilling program for metallurgical test work confirmations and variability.
“We are pleased to appoint DRA to conduct these studies as they are highly qualified and have a strong understanding and experience with uranium mining. The appointment is a key element towards engineering and design optimization at Norasa. We are confident that the studies will highlight opportunities to improve the project economics in a market where uranium is now being treated as an environmentally sound renewable energy source,” stated Mark Frewin, CEO of Forsys.
DRA Mineral Projects appointment follows a definitive feasibility study completed in 2015 as well as a series of metallurgical test work programs and desk top studies, a review of which in 2022 identified several technical gaps and necessary upgrades.