Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. a mineral development company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, has announced the appointment of James Jordan, P.Eng., to the position of Project Manager with initial responsibility for overseeing all metallurgical functions related to the company’s new graphite pilot plant at its Albany graphite deposit in Ontario.
Jordan graduated from Queen’s University in 1983 with a degree in Mining Engineering (Mineral Processing) and has over 30 years’ of experience that covers a full range of mineral extraction processes including iron ore, industrial minerals, precious, base metals and zinc refining. He has held senior management roles with Polyus Gold and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. Prior to moving into mine operations management, Jordan spent 20 years in the consulting engineering field in a variety of roles.
It is stated that Albany graphite can be upgraded with very good crystallinity without the use of aggressive acids (hydrofluoric) or high temperature thermal treatment therefore having an environmental advantage over other types of upgraded high purity graphite material.
The drives for the scaled up pilot plant are reported to be the creation of additional high purity graphite for the many potential customers requesting additional material for testing, as well as to further define the most efficient process flow sheet for the recovery of high purity product during the pre-feasibility stage.
End user testing is designed to further qualify the high purity Albany graphite material for applications such as lithium ion batteries, fuel cells, Powder Metallurgy and graphene production for composite materials like concrete.
Aubrey Eveleigh, President and CEO stated, “We are very pleased to attract a professional of James Jordan’s calibre to our existing management team. Mr. Jordan is an individual with a strong technical and leadership background, especially related to mineral processing. He will play a very important role during this next stage of Zenyatta’s growth strategy.”