Ilmenite is a raw material that contains titanium dioxide (TiO2) and the BlackRock reserves contain considerable amount of recoverable Ilmenite. The majority of ilmenite is used in the production of TiO2 pigment (paints, coatings, plastics, ceramics) for which there is a global market and for which Quebec is a currently major supplier. Ilmenite is also used to produce titanium metals for use in many applications from aerospace, automotive, medical and sports equipment.
BlackRock has conducted significant metallurgical tests carried out at laboratories in Quebec, Ontario and Australia which demonstrate that the BlackRock materials compare very favourably with other TiO2 feedstock sources because of its low calcium and magnesium content and due to a very high ratio of reactive FeO to Fe2O3 iron.
This means that the BlackRock material is quite unique and suitable as an input for either Chloride or Sulphate Route downstream processes. If fed to a slag process, the BlackRock material has been demonstrated to produce a high Ti product at or exceeding many top producer’s specifications.