NEW paper; Geometallurgy of Trace Elements in the Hrazdan Iron Ore Deposit

NEW paper; Geometallurgy of Trace Elements in the Hrazdan Iron Ore Deposit

It is with pleasure that our latest paper has been published, co-authored with Rob Bowell (SRK Consulting), Andrew Barnes (Geochemic) and Arman Vardanyan (Hrazdan) in Minerals relating to the geometallurgy of trace elements in the Hrazdan Iron Ore Deposit. This is a great case study on how arsenic present in arsenical rims on pyrite can provide an ARDML risk, even when the overall levels in the waste rock are unremarkable. The full abstract is below. Abstract This study presents an evaluation of arsenic and other trace metals in the Hrazdan Iron-Ore project in Armenia using a methodology typically associated with Geometallurgical characterization. The principal host of the trace elements is pyrite and oxidized equivalents. Pyrite is a mineral of elemental concern as it has the potential to generate acidic pH in water that it contacts and thus mobilize metals of concern. In the Hrazdan deposit, there is a general excess of neutralizing carbonate minerals that result in adequate buffering of generated acid and limiting the mobility of metal cations in solution. However, metalloids that form oxyanions species such as those of...
Petrolab welcomes Bradley Staniforth

Petrolab welcomes Bradley Staniforth

Petrolab are delighted to welcome Bradley Staniforth. Bradley has a Masters degree in Applied and Environmental Geology from the University of Leicester where he graduated from in 2014. Since then he has completed seven years experience, most recently working as a Senior geomaterials scientist at RSK Consulting.  He brings experience of petrographic and materials investigations of various natural and manmade materials to British, European and American standards. He has experience in project management and reporting of materials consultancy and structural and materials investigation projects. He has more than seven years experience working within a UKAS accredited, ISO 9001; 14001; 45001 compliant construction materials testing laboratory and consultancy. Bradley has also filled the role of deputy quality manager has extensive experience providing technical support to materials expert witnesses. Bradley has experience in the field and with laboratory testing. He has also worked as part of bigger multidisciplinary teams on large-scale development projects. He has been involved in a range of investigations including aggregate assessments, quality control of aggregate and concrete, engineering petrography, concrete and aggregate suitability trials, concrete condition assessments,...
Petrolab Welcomes Rory Colville

Petrolab Welcomes Rory Colville

Petrolab are delighted to welcome Rory Colville. Rory has a 1st Class Masters degree in Geology from the University of Bristol which he graduated from in 2018. During his time at Bristol University he was Treasurer of the Society of Economic Geologists student chapter with responsibiltiy for income management and fieldtrip organisation. After graduation he went on to complete 2 years consultancy experience at CGG Roberston, where he was a key member of the QEMSCAN team. He also brings experience of the use of Python and SQL in everyday...
ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation Success

ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation Success

We are proud to announce, following our certification audit carried out by Consult Environmental, that Petrolab Ltd has now achieved BS EN ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management Systems accreditation, an internationally recognized standard that ensures that our services meet the needs of our clients through an effective quality management system. To become ISO 9001:2015 compliant, Petrolab underwent an evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management system documentation review, audits and assessments. Obtaining this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing an exemplary quality of service to our clients and maintaining the accreditation will require continuous improvement, and continuing to listen to the needs and feedback of our customers. We would like to thank Martin Lake, of Consult Environmental for his help and assistance to assess and help improve our systems towards the goal of obtaining this accreditation and being fit for purpose for the mining, minerals and materials industries that we...
Petrolab Welcomes Connor Wells and Jonathan Coad

Petrolab Welcomes Connor Wells and Jonathan Coad

Petrolab are delighted to welcome Connor Wells and Jonathan Coad. Connor Wells is a recent Geology graduate from the University of West England (UWE). As part of his time at UWE he acquired wide-ranging experience in analytical and mineralogical analysis techniques along with an independent mapping project. Jonathan Coad is a recent Geology graduate from the Royal School of Mines (RSM) and Camborne School of Mines (CSM), where he has just completed a Masters in Mineral Processing. As part of his time at RSM and CSM he has acquired extensive experience in analytical and mineralogical analysis techniques along with the organisation of fieldtrips in his role as Vice-President of the student chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists at Imperial University. They join Petrolab as part of a growing minerals consultancy supporting the materials and mining industry....
PDAC 2020

PDAC 2020

This Week James Strongman is attending PDAC 2020, the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention. Petrolab are attending as part of a delegation of Cornish mining companies and consultancies organised by Cornwall Trade and Investment showcasing the region’s mining potential and exciting future direction to an international audience –  With the Department for International Trade launching Cornwall’s mining sector as one of the UKs ‘high potential opportunities’ at the event last year, Petrolab are proud to be part of a strong delegation of companies travelling to Canada to highlight the regions unique prospects and expertise. More details about the delegation and Cornwall Trade and Investments role can be found on their website here, along with information on the wider contingent of Cornish companies here. To learn more about our automated mineralogy services please visit the Cornwall Investment booth – 7328N. Prior to the conference our Senior mineralogist, Christopher Brough attended a business breakfast to discuss the upcoming PDAC event with other attendees, a short video excerpt about the benefits of being based in Cornwall is shown below; “We are attending PDAC to...