Gekko Systems has announced the opening of the Assay Laboratory located in Ballarat. Originally established by Lihir Gold, the laboratory is dedicated to the analysis of drill samples and metallurgical testing.
“The acquisition of the Gekko Assay Laboratory is a natural progression for Gekko Systems” said Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Gekko’s Managing Director.
The facility includes a range of state-of-the-art equipment including AAS, fire assay, screen fire assay and environmental solution analysis equipment.
Gekko systems will widen the laboratory’s capabilities from a purely gold focus to gold and base metal elements by acquiring and installing new ICP and Leco analysers.
Targeting South-East Australian mining operations, the Gekko Assay Laboratory offers specialty skills and capacity in gold analysis, geochemical and metallurgical analysis and environmental analysis.
The benefits to customers focus on fast turnaround, flexibility and accuracy in results. The team are also open to negotiations in turnaround times to meet the needs of each site.
“Its operation will complement our extensive and world-class metallurgical laboratory which has a strong focus on feed preparation, pre-concentration and gravity concentration of gold ores and concentrate treatment,” Lewis-Gray said.
“The Assay Laboratory will accelerate turnaround and provide a broader range of in-house services to our local and interstate customer base.”
Strict quality control procedures were established prior to the acquisition and have been audited by IMO and cover processes such as bulk leaches, fire assay, AAS and WAD Cyanide analysis.
Customers already utilising this quality facility include Castlemaine Goldfields, University of Ballarat, Gekko Metallurgical Laboratory and Morning Star Gold N.L.