Can you name the “other” gold-related treasure in Lancaster County?
The Kershaw Mineral Lab is the only one of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
Operated by independent contractor, SGS, the Kershaw Mineral Lab is a high-tech mineral testing lab built to assess gold samples but this stand-alone facility is a stand-out nationally. The Mineral Lab is ISO 17025 Accredited for gold and silver analyses and can serve both the United States and International operations. The only other places in North America where you’ll find an operation like this are Nevada and Alaska.
For Lancaster County, having the Kershaw Mineral Lab located here means the Lab will continue to generate income for the community long after mining is completed at Haile. And, the Lab will be a place where college graduates can come home to Lancaster County to use their science and metallurgy degrees.
Haile has access to The Lab which operates 24/7 across from the Haile site. The Lab is helping guide the Haile exploration team in identifying new drill targets with faster turn-around times on assays (the analysis of ore samples for precious metal content).
Previously, assays could take upwards of 6-8 weeks, but having the lab across the street from the Haile site, our geologists are now able to obtain assay results within a few days. This remarkable turnaround time has allowed the exploration team to manage the drill program much more efficiently.
In addition to the Haile exploration team, the Lab supports several other key Haile teams including:
The mining team, by helping to determine if rock is ore for the Mill, or waste, and ensuring that the waste rock is properly placed to prevent damage to the environment.
The environmental team, by monitoring water samples throughout the site, and serving the Mill once operational.
The metallurgical team, by working on recovery and process optimization tests prior to the start of milling operations.
Clearly, the Kershaw Mineral Lab is a valuable asset for Haile. But it’s also important for Lancaster County and the two dozen chemists, scientists and metallurgy employees who work in this one-of-a-kind laboratory. The Lab will be an asset for the region and industry for many years to come.