Vanadium explorer Protean fast-tracks processing with Korea plant deal

Date: Aug 9, 2018

Vanadium miner and battery investor Protean Energy will fast-track its South Korean mining project after gaining access to a test plant.

Protean (ASX:POW) subsidiary Stonehenge Korea has signed a deal to use a 1.2 tonne/day pilot plant in the central Korean city of Daejeon.

The deal with the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Minerals (KIGAM) also gives access to patents for the processing of vanadium and uranium found in Korea’s unique black shale.

The deal is a big step forward for Protean which, via joint venture companies, is developing three vanadium-uranium projects in South Korea as part of a plan to develop vanadium redox flow batteries (VFRBs).

Access to the pilot plant provides a fast-tracked, low-cost way to quickly move Protean’s Daejon exploration project forward.

The plant is 20km from the Daejon project and includes crushing, leaching and solvent extraction circuits to create vanadium pentoxide (V2O­5) — a vital ingredient in VFRBs – as well as yellow cake (U3O8).

The project is a sign of the strong relationship between Protean and the Korean institute.

Protean will be allowed to use the institute’s intellectual property for processing the Daejon-style Korean Ockcheon belt vanadium and uranium bearing black shale mineralisation, and test 36,000 metres of drill cores from the area.

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