By: David Helwig

Stephen Flewelling, chief development officer at Noront Resources Ltd., was one of several company executives participating in Noront’s first Sault ferrochrome open house on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at Delta Hotels Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront. David Helwig/SooToday

Fifteen months after Sudbury was rejected as the future home of a billion-dollar Noront Resources Ltd. smelter, it appears the Nickel City may yet win a skinny-downed slice of ferrochrome pie.

Before building its controversial ferrochrome processing plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Noront wants to test its technology with a small-scale demonstration plant.

Greater Sudbury is under consideration as the prototype’s location.

This previously undisclosed part of Noront’s plans was one of many new details that surfaced during six hours of formal and informal presentations by executives of the junior mining company late last month in the Sault.

The tsunami of new information, released in a widely-criticized format, went largely unreported in media reports.

“Typically what you’ll do is you’ll take ore samples and you will set up a plant that replicates the major plant on a small scale,” Stephen Flewelling, the company’s chief development officer, told city councillors.

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