Deputy Jean-Yves Duclos, along with COREM CEO Francis Fournier, announced on Monday the granting of $ 2.1 million from the federal government for the development of a technology aimed at regenerating cyanide during extraction gold.
This new technology will make it possible, at the end of the gold mining process, to reduce the presence of nitrites and nitrates having an impact on aquatic environments by 80%, according to Mr. Fournier. Regeneration of cyanide will therefore create less nitrogen in the environment, and thus, reduce the volume of contaminated water. “This will facilitate the work of gold companies in Quebec and around the world,” he said during a press conference.
This new technology will first be developed in the laboratory and then validated by a mobile pilot system. “The announced funding is essential to reach the demonstration and commercialization stages of our cyanide regeneration system,” continues Mr. Fournier.
Components of the new technology will be installed at the Laronde mine in Abitibi-Témiscamingue during 2021. “We are talking about a fairly short timeframe. We will then operate for a while to demonstrate the technology before moving on to the next steps, ”he emphasizes.
This technology will be developed in collaboration with nine partners: four mining companies, two cyanide producers, an equipment supplier and a university, TELUQ, which will contribute to environmental analyzes. “To get to the stage where we are now, we needed to bring in new partners who have expertise that we do not have at COREM,” said the CEO.
Innovation at the heart of the recovery
According to the two interlocutors, the economic recovery of the region is based on two pillars: research and innovation. “In Quebec City, we are fortunate to have research and innovation institutions that are exceptional and that lead us faster and further than other regions in the country in economic and environmental matters,” considers Mr. Duclos.
The MP adds that the Quebec region is “often ahead of the rest of the country”, while specifying that this new technology will contribute to the region’s influence at the national level in the industry.
As for the CEO of COREM, he adds that in recent years, the company has made research efforts to support the mining industry with solutions aimed at reducing the environmental impact, energy and water consumption. He sees the interest in the development of clean technologies on the part of the mining industry as well as the two levels of government. “Innovation is the cornerstone of economic recovery,” he said.