VANCOUVER, BC – BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc. (TSX : BQE), a leader in the treatment of industrial water and process solutions, has provided an update on plant operations and engineering activities for the third quarter of 2012.
BioteQ had three active water treatment operations contributing to revenue during the third quarter – plants in Arizona, Quebec, and China collectively treated 3.6 million cubic meters of water during the quarter, and removed over 850,000 pounds of metals from the environment, bringing total production for the first nine months of 2012 to over 2 million pounds of metal and 8.3 million cubic meters of water.
The Bisbee, Arizona operation produced approximately 142,000 pounds of copper and treated 285,000 cubic meters of water during the quarter, bringing total production to 369,000 pounds of copper and 722,000 cubic meters of water treated in the first nine months of the year. Revenues for this operation are based on the sale of copper recovered.
The Dexing operation produced approximately 716,000 pounds of copper and treated 2.8 million cubic meters of water during the third quarter, bringing total production to 1.65 million pounds of copper and 7.0 million cubic meters of water treated in the first nine months of the year. The plant is expected to undergo routine maintenance over a four week period in the fourth quarter. Revenues from this operation are based on the sale of copper recovered.
Together, the Bisbee and Dexing operations are on track to recover approximately 2.3 million pounds of copper in 2012.
The new Dexing ion exchange plant provided limited production of commercial quality cobalt-nickel product, due to continuing issues with the performance of a key reagent in the process. BioteQ and JCC have identified the cause of the performance issue, and are making appropriate upgrades to the plant. Management expects that the facility will ramp up to full production by early Q2 2013.
The Raglan, Quebec ChemSulphide® plant treated 562,000 cubic meters of water during the third quarter, bringing year-to-date treatment volumes to 623,000 cubic meters. Revenues for this seasonal operation are based on fees for the volume of water treated. The plant is expected to treat approximately 875,000 cubic meters of water during the 2012 season, slightly lower than originally forecast, due to lower than expected precipitation levels over the treatment season. This change is not expected to impact the Company’s financial guidance for 2012.
Sales & Engineering Projects
BioteQ’s sales team is actively pursuing new project opportunities in mining markets. The sales pipeline continues to grow and strengthen, as evidenced by new validation contracts that have recently been secured. Key highlights for the quarter:
- A SART validation contract, announced at the end of the second quarter, has now been completed. BioteQ has provided a commercial proposal to the customer for a full scale plant. BioteQ expects the customer to make a decision regarding this proposal within the next three to six months.
- The sales team secured a second SART validation contract. Work on this contract is in progress and is expected to lead to the provision of a commercial proposal during the fourth quarter.
- A contract was secured with EcoMetales to advance to the next stage of process design engineering for an arsenic treatment facility in Chile. Work under this contract is now complete, and the project has moved to the next phase of review.
- BioteQ announced plans to build and operate a fourth water treatment plant in China with joint venture partner Jiangxi Copper Company. Design work on this plant is underway and the plant is expected to be operational by July 2013.
- Construction of a mobile Sulf-IX™ plant has been completed in partnership with Newalta. Commissioning has commenced. The demonstration unit will be used to validate the Sulf-IX™ technology at customer sites, including testing in new market verticals. BioteQ and Newalta are working together to identify suitable sites to deploy this new sulphate removal technology.
- Subsequent to quarter end, the sales team secured a second contract with Kinross Gold for engineering and process support work relating to a SART project.
In March 2012, BioteQ’s management provided guidance on expected financial results for 2012 which indicated that the Company expected to grow revenues by at least 30% over 2011 to approximately $10 million, and to reduce cash use by at least 40% to less than $1.5 million. The Company remains on track with respect to the 2012 operations and financial guidance.
The Company expects to release its third quarter financial results on Monday November 12th. Details regarding the timing of the release and investor conference call will be provided a week prior to the release.
BioteQ Corporate Profile
BioteQ is an innovative clean technology leader in global industrial water treatment, serving the mining and energy markets. The company’s proven technologies have been applied at sites around the world to recover dissolved metals and remove sulphate, producing clean water and eliminating residual waste. BioteQ is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and trades on the TSX under the symbol BQE. Please visit our website at www.bqewater.com for additional information.
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