Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Research supports the development of new resources in the Kimberley

    13/07/2020 6:30 AM
     
    • WA research delivers a new cost-effective method for extracting platinum from ore
    • This approach eliminates the use of corrosive salt in mineral processing
    • These findings could help miners develop new resources in WA's Kimberley region

    Researchers at Curtin University, supported by the State Government through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and industry sponsor Panoramic Resources, have developed a new method for extracting platinum metal from ore.

     

    Using this new method will deliver cost savings to industry and eliminate the use of corrosive salt in processing the ore.

     

    This research delivers a technological advantage to WA's mining industry and could help companies develop their platinum projects.

     

    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:

     

    "Western Australia has some of the world's best researchers, who provide a competitive edge to our State's mining industry.

     

    "The cost savings delivered by this new method to extract platinum will support the development of resources in Western Australia that couldn't be previously extracted.

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to investing in scientific research to support the mining sector to further unlock mineral potential and create jobs in Western Australia."

     

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