Preliminary results from this test work indicate that the residual oxygen content in titanium sponge metal deposited from molten salts using the Chinuka Process is approximately 1 wt%.
In addition to examining acid leaching of titanium sponge metal, research during the current quarter will start to focus on the adaptability of the Chinuka Process.
Titanium sponge metal
has been selling recently at about US$24/kg, or US$ 24,000 per tonne.
It is clear that the Cerro Blanco rutile concentrate can establish itself as a viable chloride grade feedstock for both pigment and sponge metal
Unlike the industry-standard, multi-step Kroll batch process which uses titanium pigment as a feed stock to produce titanium sponge metal
, the Chinuka Process is essentially a one-step process and uses titanium ores and concentrates as a feed stock.
Our marketing team will then be able to supply potential customers with bulk material for evaluation in commercial chlorinators for pigment use, and titanium sponge metal