February 2013

Special Report: Clean Fuels

How to choose a refiner for your precious metals catalyst

The criteria to consider when selecting a precious metals refiner include procedures associated with the refiner's sampling, assaying, processing and logistics arrangements.

Beirne, K. M., Sabin Metal Corp.

Most hydrocarbon and petrochemical processors operate precious metals recovery or asset recovery departments in one form or another. These are typically managed as independent profit centers, which, because of global economic uncertainties, have assumed more important roles in the past few years. Finding and working with the right refiner can make a significant difference in returns, thus enhancing profitability. There are more than a few unfortunate stories about an organization’s selection of, and relationship with, its precious metals refiner. A relationship with a refiner may have significant legal implications if the refiner violates environmental regulations when processing s

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