THUNDER BAY – MINING – KWG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KW6) have filed an international patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. This will provide KWG with the right to file patent applications in over 140 countries around the world in order to secure its rights to its new method of refining chromite ore into ferrochrome by means of natural gas. The disclosed subject matter of this PCT application is supported by results of ongoing metallurgical tests being conducted on behalf of KWG by XPS Consulting and Testwork Services.
KWG has received expressions of interest in creating two strategic alliances:
- A global steel company has proposed to provide project engineering and construction expertise and to market intermediate products for primary stainless steel casting. In this regard, KWG is studying the opportunity to build a facility to produce custom-made stainless steel billets for global export to stainless steel makers for remelting and dilution with iron.
- A large ferrochrome producer has proposed a strategic marketing alliance for the global charge chrome market.
- The parties are mutually exploring terms for offtake agreements for such products that could support future project financing facilities. These plans are being developed based on the commercial potential of the new method of refining chromite ore into ferrochrome by means of natural gas disclosed in the patent application. The customized cast billets contemplated for production at the proposed casting plant could become an export vehicle for the combined content of Canadian chromium, nickel and iron and the hydro-electricity and natural gas consumed to produce them.
About KWG: KWG has a 30% interest in the Big Daddy chromite deposit and the right to earn 80% of the Black Horse chromite where resources are being defined. KWG has also acquired patent interests, including a method for the direct reduction of chromite to metalized iron and chrome using natural gas. KWG also owns 100% of Canada Chrome Corporation which has staked claims and conducted a $15 million surveying and soil testing program for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Exton, Ontario.