The Massachusetts pilot / commercial processing facility is currently being used to test and process minerals received from mining operations around the globe. The runs being conducted are providing Haber with information that is necessary for precisely defining the advantages of the formulations, processing techniques, and recovery methods that have been developed by the company over the years. Going forward, Haber will also begin to process e-scrap for the recovery of both precious and non-precious metals. Resulting from both e-scrap and ore processing, the facility will slowly begin to produce revenues. Important reportable developments that take place in the testing, pilot, or commercial runs will be made known, as required by law, through public releases. Ongoing activities of more routine importance will be published as corporate updates (available from the Home page on the company website).
In a news release published on November 13th, 2006, Haber reported that an initial bulk run was made. The run consisted of 70 pounds of Ghanaian concentrate that was processed in a Haber mobile unit designed for use in remote areas. The process was as follows:
The gold produced by the Haber Gold Process (HGP) weighed approximately one-quarter ounce. Its purity is currently being determined and assays are being performed on the concentrate - both before and after processing - in order to establish recovery efficiency. As Haber announced previously, the company's analytical laboratory is now being completed. In the interim, analytical testing is being done by outside laboratories, with results expected within several weeks. The company is confident that the test data will show the efficiency of recovery to be in the high 90% range. This confidence rests on previous testing done in Ghana, where 99% efficiency was achieved on similar ore. The mobile unit performed well and the operational information derived from the testing confirmed all of the chemical parameters established through previously conducted laboratory work.
"The positive results we achieved using concentrate from Ghanaian small-scale miners reinforces our confidence that Haber has the technology to implement the Strategic Abatement of Mercury and Poverty (STAMP) program we developed to eliminate the use of mercury by artisinal miners while alleviating the extreme poverty faced by these miners."
Albert B. Conti, president and COO of Haber
The company believes that STAMP can have a positive impact on the lives of millions of small-scale miners globally who, by using mercury to extract gold, make a mere subsistence living at the expense of polluting the environment and negatively affecting their health and the health of their families.
Haber will continue to thoroughly test the Ghanaian ore until the balance of all the ore on hand (approximately 300 pounds) is exhausted. Various types of e-scrap will then be processed for gold using the Haber E-Scrap System (HESS). The company currently has approximately 2,500 pounds of e-scrap in house and intends to perform initial bulk tests on a variety of e-scrap and ore types to maximize the data collected on all processes. Optimization of the process chemistry will follow as soon as Haber's analytical laboratory is fully functional.
"This first run couldn't have been more successful. HGP performed beautifully on the Ghanaian concentrate. Although the gold initially produced in this facility will be modest, it's important for us to walk through the entire process a number of times and climb the learning curve in a deliberative way. We are anxious to go through initial runs with all the gold-bearing materials that we have in inventory, including ores and e-scrap, to uncover any problems that may exist with the various processes developed by the company."
Albert B. Conti, president and COO of Haber
The Haber analytical laboratory is a proving ground for all of the company's hydrometallurgical extraction and recovery technology. The goal is to develop scalable process equipment designs in the facility, with the aim of starting a low risk, high-volume production operation in the United States. This current facility is not designed for high-volume production, but it will produce gold on every run that it completes. Revenues from the sale of the accumulated gold will begin as soon as practicable.
It should be noted that Haber can not provide guarantees on its projections and opinions.