Csiro roped in for test work at Haib

By Hilary Mare

DEEP-South Resources has appointed the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Csiro) to conduct bio-assisted heap leaching column test work, which is part of the company’s recently announced metallurgical test work for its Haib copper project.
METS Engineering Group of Australia has been appointed to supervise and overview the test work.
“With the drilling programme underway, we are delighted to initiate collaboration with Csiro, Australia’s national science agency, which is a leader in scientific research and bio-assisted heap leaching technologies.
“The main aim of this test work is to improve copper recoveries and thereby improve the Haib copper project’s robust economics,” says Deep-South president and CEO Pierre Leveille.
Deep-South Resources is a mineral exploration and development company. Deep-South holds 100 percent of the Haib Copper deposit in the south of Namibia. Haib is one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in Africa.

The goals of the bio-assisted heap leaching test work include the evaluation of the performance of promising solvent extraction reagents for extraction and separation of copper and molybdenum and monitor and evaluate the adaptation of bacterial strains for improved ore processing.
The test work will also monitor and evaluate percolation performance; and will also mainly serve to optimise the bio-assisted heap leaching processes with the ore at Haib.
Csiro was founded in 1916 and is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world. Its research covers subjects such as natural environments, environmental impacts, health and medical, production and many others.
Deep-South growth strategy is to focus on the exploration and development of quality assets in significant mineralised trends and close to infrastructures in stable countries. In using and assessing environmental friendly technologies in the development of its copper project, Deep-South embraces the green revolution.