PROCESSING

Western Magnesium targets low-energy production

Traditionally, magnesium is processed by using a high-carbon-emitting pidgin plant, to release magnesium from the dolomite it is found with in deposits. Some 48% of dolomite is carbon dioxide, which needs to be released by calcination to isolate magnesium. To produce 1 million tonnes of magnesium per year, some 480,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide will need to be released.

 Workers at Western Magnesium’s plant

Workers at Western Magnesium’s plant

Western Magnesium, a Washington DC-based mining company, is determined to bring magnesium mining and processing back to North America, but in a new, carbon-friendly manner, the company's senior vice president...

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