"Advanced mineralogical data is essential for making decisions regarding site feasibility and how to cost effectively extract clean phosphate under strict Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") guidelines, with the lowest possible carbon footprint," said John Passalacqua, CEO of First Phosphate Corp. "This partnership provides First Phosphate with a competitive edge by laying the foundation for developing proprietary and advanced methods of phosphate production for the LFP battery industry. Ultimately, we want to leverage our high-purity phosphate resource to help Quebec and Canada become a leader in the electric vehicle industry, and advance on our national climate change goals."
The primary goal of the partnership is to determine the detailed mineralogy and geochemistry of phosphatic ore and waste minerals at Lac à l'Orignal, a step which complements the bulk geochemical assays and metallurgy being conducted by SGS Canada Inc. (Quebec / Lakefield). The acquisition of such high-resolution data using state-of-the art microscopy techniques is critical for understanding small variations in the chemistry of minerals forming the anorthosite host rock on a micron scale. Anorthosites are a rare and underexplored source of high-purity phosphate.
"Collectively, these methods not only provide details about the phosphorus concentration at Lac à l'Orignal, but also about how trace elements are distributed in ore and waste rock despite the already enviable purity of the phosphate found in the anorthosite," said Professor Peir Pufahl, Co-Director, Queen's University Facility for Isotope Research. "This high-fidelity picture is not possible using bulk whole rock analysis alone and is essential for understanding how to manage these elements during ore processing to safely handle tailings to ensure a fully clean, ethical and secure supply source."
About First Phosphate Corp.
First Phosphate is a mineral exploration and development company fully dedicated to extracting and refining advanced phosphate material for the Lithium Iron Phosphate ("LFP") Battery industry. First Phosphate is committed to producing at high purity level, at full ESG standard and with low anticipated carbon footprint. First Phosphate plans to integrate directly into the research & development ("R&D") and supply chain functions of major North American LFP Battery producers that require battery grade phosphate material that emanates from a consistent and secure supply source. First Phosphate holds over 1,500 sq. km of total land claims in the Saguenay Region of Quebec, Canada that it is actively developing. First Phosphate properties consist of rare anorthosite igneous rock formation that generally yields high purity phosphate concentrate devoid of high concentrations of deleterious heavy metals.
About the Pufahl Research Group at Queen's University
The Pufahl Research Group at Queen's University is headed by Dr. Peir Pufahl, Professor of Earth Science at Queen's University, Canada, and Co-director of the Queen's Facility for Isotope Research. Dr. Pufahl is an internationally recognized expert on the geology of phosphorites with over 20 years of experience. By effectively bridging the interface between academia and industry, the Pufahl Research Group has developed state-of-the-art phosphorite exploration models and fine-tuned production strategies. The group's research has helped shape an understanding of global phosphatic ore systems and has been recognized with numerous awards. Dr. Pufahl has been featured on the History Channel and is a Fellow of both the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of America.
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