Engenium’s recently opened Brisbane office has secured an assignment with Vecco Group to manage their testwork program and undertake the optimisation of a leach-solvent extraction flowsheet for a vanadium deposit in Queensland.

Processing of vanadium-bearing ores is traditionally conducted using a high temperature salt-bake process which assists in making the vanadium more readily leachable.

Engenium is assisting Vecco Group to optimise a simpler leach process without the need for baking, which also results in reduced acid consumption. This will then be followed by solvent extraction of vanadium to provide a solution that is compatible with the requirements of vanadium redox flow batteries.

Stephen Beamond, our Executive General Manager for Queensland said, “It’s most pleasing that we have been awarded this work, this office is Engenium’s ‘Process Engineering Centre of Excellence’. We deliver the full suite of services from testwork programs through to all study phases and finally project execution for the base, precious and battery metals sectors.”

Vecco Group is currently developing the Debella Vanadium Deposit in Queensland, which contains a high grade (up to 0.80% V2O5), large JORC vanadium resource.

The Project is located near Julia Creek in the world class North-West Queensland energy and minerals province. This province is home to world renowned mines like BHP’s (South 32 Limited) Cannington Mine and Glencore’s Mount Isa Mine.

Vecco is targeting initial production in 2020, primarily producing a vanadium pentoxide product and vanadium electrolyte for the vanadium redox flow battery markets.

We are really excited to be a part of this project and look forward to assisting Vecco Group with their requirements.