Stewart Group, the international inspection, analysis and assay group has developed its operations in Mongolia, with a state-of-the-art expansion at its laboratory in the heart of the country.
A new fire assay laboratory has been added to the Stewart Mongolia LLC facility in Ulaanbaatar, which can now provide a significantly broader range of services to the key mining regions in the country. The expansion is the second major development at the Mongolia facility in 12 months, after it became the first internationally owned laboratory in the country to achieve ISO/IEC 17025:2009 accreditation.
As demand for geochemical and solid fuel analysis continues to rise in Mongolia and neighbouring countries, Stewart Group is now able to provide highly accurate analysis of a huge range of materials, including precious metals and solid fuels, within a minimal timeframe without the need to ship samples out of the country. Customers will benefit from reduced shipping costs and greatly increased sample turnaround times.
In addition to analysis of gold, silver and platinum group metals, the Mongolian site can conduct multi-elemental analysis, coal and solid fuel analysis, trace element analysis by ICPAES, and sample preparation of solid fuel and geochemical materials.
In a period of high activity for Stewart Group, the expansion is the latest stage in the group’s ongoing development of its global network of laboratories. Other recent projects include the opening of new sites in Germany, Liberia and South Africa as well as a partnership with Canadian firm G&T Metallurgical Services.
Timothy Elliott, Managing Director for Geochemical & Assay at Stewart Group, said: “This new investment is a huge step forward for Stewart Group in this region, as we continue to respond to the demands of our customers and an increasingly influential industry in Mongolia.
“We understand that the mining companies in the country are looking for faster and more cost-effective sample preparation and analysis services, and so we endeavour to provide the highest level of service available. Stewart Group can provide a comprehensive service for all key regions in Mongolia.”