Cyanco started producing liquid sodium cyanide in 1990 at a single plant in Winnemucca, Nevada. The plant was constructed for the sole purpose of providing this strategic chemical to the mining industry in northern Nevada. This state-of-the-art, zero discharge facility is fittingly a paragon of environmental and safety engineering. Safety is the number one priority at all of our operations, and practices are expected to comply with rigid standards and procedures. The original plant was designed to produce 28 million pounds of product annually. A second plant came online in 1997 and investments have been made in both plants over the years to debottleneck, implement improvements and enhancements and increase production. Today, the two plants produce over 100 million pounds annually. In early 2009 the Nevada Operations achieved the 1 billion pound production milestone, which represents approximately 60,000 loads of our product safely delivered to mining customers in Nevada and the surrounding states.
The terminal is located in Cadillac, Quebec between the two largest cities in the Abitibi region - Val d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda - in close proximity to a gold mining market that enjoys a rich history and that is looking forward to further growth. The Terminal is a dissolution facility located in the heart of the Canadian gold mining industry. Solid sodium cyanide is received in rail cars and dissolved to liquid for delivery via tank trailer to customers in Quebec and Ontario. The Canada Operation also provides value-added services to customers by providing Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) and Applied Technology services.
Applied Technology Laboratory
The Applied Technology Laboratory in Piscataway, New Jersey is used in large part to test/evaluate ores samples sent in by customers to determine the best and most cost-effective method of detoxifying cyanide containing tailings and solutions at their operations. Given the results of the testing, Cyanco recommends the appropriate detoxification technologies that will comply with local and international environmental permit standards - and that can be constructed and operated for the lowest cost. Within our Applied Technology Group, we also bring decades of knowledge and experience to bear in helping customers optimize the use of cyanide in their operations.
A new Cyanco sodium cyanide plant is being contructed in Alvin, Texas. Cyanco and Ascend have executed long term agreements under which Ascend will supply hydrogen cyanide, utilities and services to the new Cyanco plant. Cyanco expects the plant to be operational in the second half of 2012. Engineering is underway and applications for required environmental permits have been submitted. The plant will produce solid sodium cyanide briquettes and will have the capability of shipping product in hopper cars, ISO containers (Solid to Liquid Systems - “SLS”), one metric ton bag/boxes and one metric ton composite packaging.