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The Ravenswood Gold mine will host a custom-built Chrysos PhotonAssay facility after an agreement with mining technology company Chrysos Corporation.

Originally developed at CSIRO, Chrysos PhotonAssay delivers faster, safer and more accurate gold analysis, and is an environmentally-friendly replacement for fire assay on-site and in the laboratory.

“The team at Ravenswood is excited to be partnering with Chrysos on the establishment of this high technology facility right in the heart of the mine site,” Ravenswood Gold chief executive Brett Fletcher said.

“For us, the significant safety and sustainability benefits combined with low cost, high efficiency and lightning turnaround times delivers all the outcomes we are driving for.

“Being able to assay 500 to 1000 samples per day of our grade control drilling, metallurgical sampling and exploration drilling will support us in creating a mining and mineral processing hub we believe will be operating for decades.”

Hitting samples with high-energy X-rays, Chrysos PhotonAssay causes excitation of atomic nuclei allowing rapid and enhanced analysis of gold, silver, and complementary elements in as little as two minutes.

The non-destructive process allows large samples of up to 500g to be measured and provides a true bulk reading independent of the chemical or physical form of the sample.

The EMR/GEAR joint venture committed to a major expansion when they took over the Ravenswood gold operations from Resolute Mining last year.

The growth plan includes establishing large-scale open-cut mining operations in the former Buck Reef West and Sarsfield/Nolans open pits, increasing the size of the processing plant, and constructing a new tailings storage facility.

This ongoing development is expected to increase gold production to over 200,000 ounces per annum, extend the life of the mine by 14 years, and see the Ravenswood mine become the largest gold operation in Queensland by 2022.

Chrysos anticipates further global demand for PhotonAssay over the coming years in a worldwide market, with room for approximately 350 units.