White Mountain Titanium Corp. recently announced the appointment of Dr. Antonio Luraschi to the position of Project Manager. This appointment would be effective as of August 1, 2011. In this position, Luraschi will be responsible for overseeing the disciplines necessary to take the project to the final feasibility stage, and will report to the president of White Mountain.
White Mountain Titanium holds minion concessions on the Cerro Blanco property in northern Chile, with the prime objective of advancing the 8,225 hectare project to a final engineering feasibility. White Mountain also aims to secure off-take contracts for the planned rutile concentrate output, intending to sell the output to titanium metal and pigment producers.
Luraschi is an accomplished metallurgist and chemical engineer, with degrees from the University of Concepcion in Chile as well as M.I.T. Luraschi has been employed by AMEC International as a metallurgical consulting manager, as well as Chilean engineering firm CADE-IDEPE. He has also contributed to mining projects for Anglo American, Codelco and Xstrata. Luraschi has developed over sixty project engineering solutions in copper pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy, and extractive metallurgy of gold and silver.
Mike Kurtanjek, president and CEO of White Mountain, said, “I am delighted that Antonio has agreed to join the White Mountain team. He brings a wealth of appropriate experience and expertise to the Cerro Blanco project, having already been involved in the project since 2007. His participation and contribution to the preliminary engineering assessment and the pilot plant test work at SGS in Canada means that he is well versed in the requirements to over-see taking the Cerro Blanco project to final feasibility.”
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