Photon gold assays gain wider endorsement
Intertek, MSALABS, Barrick installing Chrysos PhotonAssay Metal Tech News – May 5, 2021
Last updated 5/11/2021 at 3:03pm
Mining and quality assurance companies are increasingly embracing Chrysos Corp.'s PhotonAssay as a more accurate, faster, safer, and environmentally sound means of analyzing samples for gold, silver, and complementary elements.
Hitting samples with high-energy X-rays, Chrysos PhotonAssay causes excitation of atomic nuclei allowing enhanced analysis of gold, silver, and complementary elements in as little as two minutes. This offers the ability to carry out assays at the mine or in the lab without the need for the multiple steps of fire assays.
"Our PhotonAssay installations provide single-touch operation and improved safety outcomes, whilst also reducing labor requirements and the potential for human error," Chrysos CEO Dirk Treasure said last year. "The technology's fast turnaround on high sample volumes provides customers with time-critical operational data and drives optimization through their entire value chain."
In what might be the strongest endorsement of this new precious metals assay technology to date, Intertek, a global leader in quality assurance, is installing two Chrysos PhotonAssay units at its new Minerals Global Centre of Excellence in Perth, Australia.
"Chrysos is excited to be partnering with Intertek as it brings the Minerals Global Centre of Excellence to life. It is a world-class facility that showcases Intertek's unwavering focus on leveraging innovation for customer advantage."
Scheduled to open in July, this state-of-the-art laboratory will consolidate Intertek's minerals operations into a single 19,000-square-meter (204,500 square feet) building and house more than 500 employees.
"Our new Minerals Global Centre of Excellence is designed to provide instant and efficient access to world-class technology, expertise and service," said Intertek Senior Vice President of Minerals, Exploration and Production John Fowler.
Having the PhotonAssay units in place at the opening helps to ensure the facility delivers cutting-edge precious metals assay technology to its mining and mineral exploration clients.
While quick turnaround times and accurate results are of the utmost importance to a quality assurance provider, Intertek is also looking at ways to make the assaying process safer and more environmentally friendly, both are attributes PhotonAssay brings to the table.
"Intertek continually evaluates new innovations to deliver customer value. In that vein, we feel our partnership with Chrysos is more than a simple investment in faster, cleaner operations; we see it as a social and environmental commitment to our customers and the broader global industry," said Fowler.
Intertek is not the only global assay service provider that is embracing the value offered by Chrysos PhotonAssay.
MSALABS, a global provider of geochemical laboratory services for the exploration and mining sectors, plans to deploy at least six of these units at Barrick Gold Corp. mines over the next 18 months. The first unit will be installed at Barrick's Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania, followed by three more units in Africa and two in Canada by mid-2022.
"Adding Chrysos PhotonAssay into the mix of our offering for our global mining customers is exciting for us," said MSALABS CEO Stuart Thomson. "This technology will significantly improve the results turn-around time for our clients. They can be confident that critical data will be delivered consistently within timeframes not possible with fire assay. The process also requires less technical training and minimizes the likelihood of error, all tangible, measurable benefits that enhance decision-making and improve our customers' bottom lines."
Treasure says PhotoAssay's ability to analyze for elements besides just gold weighed on MSALAB and Barrick's decision to utilize the new technology.
"Chrysos PhotonAssay's analytical abilities across gold, silver, copper and moisture were strong factors in the technology being chosen to support the Capital Limited and MSALABS service expansion program at Barrick's Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania," he said.
With global names like Intertek, MSALABS, and Barrick embracing Chrysos PhotonAssay, this technology is rapidly becoming the new standard for the analysis of gold, silver, and other elements.