Mr. Jean-Sebastien David reports
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL PROVIDE FOR INCREASED OPERATIONAL SAFETY AT THE ARIANNE PHOSPHATE PROJECT
Arianne Phosphate Inc. has made significant advancements in the design of its future tailings facility. Arianne partnered with the Quebec Center of Geomatics (CGQ) to advance research and development on a new method for the design and future monitoring of the company's tailings operations. This work will use geomatic and remote sensing tools, combined with artificial intelligence, that should greatly improve the safety aspects of Arianne's operations.
"The Lac a Paul mine is projected to be one of the most environmentally friendly phosphate mines in the world," said Jean-Sebastien David, chief operating officer of Arianne Phosphate. "From the project's onset, Arianne's design process had the goal of constructing a mine using best environmental practices, and the integration of technology was vital in this regard. Further, our reliance on renewable hydroelectricity will allow us to greatly diminish our production of greenhouse gases [GHG], with the goal of ultimately being GHG neutral. Our most recent endeavours have also added to the safety and structural integrity of our tailings facility."
Brian Ostroff, chief executive officer of Arianne Phosphate, added: "We take seriously our responsibilities surrounding environmental and safety issues. We know that many challenges surrounding mining operations stem from failures at their tailings facilities, and our work here goes a long way towards reducing these threats. Arianne will produce a high-purity, low-contaminant phosphate concentrate that provides for society's needs but in as safe and effective manner as possible."
Arianne partnered with the Quebec Center of Geomatics, a group within the College of Chicoutimi in the province of Quebec, to develop a new way to use geomatic and remote sensing instruments and monitor this information through a solution that uses artificial intelligence. It is during the construction process that sensors will be built in throughout the tailings dam that will measure, in real time, data points such as moisture and pressure and make adjustments as necessary to allow for smooth and safe operations, allowing for greater safety.
This research project was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Partnership Engage Grants.
Jean-Sebastien David, PGeo, a qualified person by National Instrument 43-101, has approved this release. Mr. David is also the company's chief operating officer.
About Arianne Phosphate Inc.
Arianne Phosphate is developing the Lac a Paul phosphate deposits located approximately 200 kilometres north of the Saguenay/Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, Canada. These deposits will produce a high-quality igneous apatite concentrate grading 39 per cent P2O5 (phosphorus pentoxide) with little or no contaminants (feasibility study released in 2013). The company has 173,354,669 shares outstanding.
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