Largo concludes commissioning process and begins final kiln warm-up
May 16, 2014 (Source: CNW) — Largo Resources Ltd. (“Largo” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has begun the warming of the kiln at the Maracas Vanadium project in Bahia, Brazil.
The warming of the kiln signals the conclusion of the commissioning process at the facility. Once the kiln has reached its design temperature, Largo will begin feeding vanadium concentrate through the kiln and downstream facility (see Figure 1: Process Flow) and vanadium pentoxide production is anticipated to occur shortly thereafter.
Mr. Les Ford, Largo’s Senior Vice President and Technical Director of Brazil Operations, stated: “This is a key milestone in the project’s development. Once the kiln has reached around 1000 Celsius, we will immediately begin feeding the vanadium concentrate that we have been stockpiling through the facility.” He continued: “Once the feed to the kiln has begun, there is a buildup of vanadium within the processing plant for a few days, with first V2O5 flake production starting very shortly after.”
Mark Brennan, Largo’s President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are extremely pleased with this development and remain positive about our prospects during the initial ramp-up period. We look forward to becoming the world’s newest producer of vanadium in the very near-term.”
Largo is a growing strategic mineral company with projects in Brazil and Canada. The immediate goal of the Company is to bring its Maracás Vanadium Project to production in 2014. Largo also has interests in a portfolio of other projects, including: a 100% interest in the Currais Novos Tungsten Tailings Project in Brazil, which the Company continues to develop; a 100% interest in the Campo Alegre de Lourdes Iron-Vanadium Project in Brazil; and a 100% interest in the Northern Dancer Tungsten-Molybdenum property in the Yukon Territory, Canada.
Largo is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “LGO”.
Mr. Michael Mutchler, Chief Operating Officer to Largo and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.
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