SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountain Titanium Corporation ("White Mountain" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: WMTM) reports that it has received its first quarterly progress report since licensing a new titanium metal technology in September, 2010. During the past quarter lab scale test work continued at the University of Cambridge in the UK under the direction of Professor Derek Fray into the refining and electrolytic deposition of pure titanium from lower grade concentrate. Small quantities of sponge have been produced successfully using Ultra-fine concentrate feedstock sourced from the Company's Cerro Blanco project in Chile.
In the current quarter and beyond, the focus for the research will shift to an investigation of the possibility of adapting the new technology to produce titanium metal powder, a higher value product than sponge. Consideration will also be given to testing lower grade concentrate as a feedstock for the new metal technology; feedstock of a quality that would not normally find application for use in the production of titanium pigment, currently the major outlet for titanium concentrates.
Commenting on the work carried out thus far, Brian Flower, the Company's Executive Chairman said, "We are very encouraged by the results to date of the new metal technology. Should we continue to have success with this technology at a lab scale, the Company will consider building a pilot plant to scale up the test work."
About White Mountain Titanium Corporation
The Company holds mining concessions on the Cerro Blanco property currently consisting of 33 registered mining exploitation concessions and five mining exploration concessions in the process of being constituted, over approximately 8,225 hectares located approximately 39 kilometres west of the City of Vallenar in the Atacama, or Region III, geographic region of northern Chile. The Company's principal objectives are to advance the Cerro Blanco project towards a final engineering feasibility, and to secure off-take contracts for the planned rutile concentrate output. It would be the intention to sell the rutile concentrate to titanium metal and pigment producers. Work also continues to investigate the commercial viability of producing a feldspar co-product. The feldspar could find applications in the glass and ceramics industries.
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White Mountain Titanium Corporation
Michael Kurtanjek, President
(56) 2 657-1800
Brian Flower, Chairman
SOURCE White Mountain Titanium Corporation