06 Sep 2023

Tarkwa, Ghana: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, proudly announces the integration of advanced PhotonAssay technology into its Minerals laboratory facility in Tarkwa, Ghana. With a legacy of excellence and a commitment to innovation, Intertek Minerals aims to revolutionise gold industry support in West Africa through the implementation of this groundbreaking technology.

The Tarkwa laboratory stands as a testament to Intertek's dedication to providing unparalleled services to the mining and minerals sector for several decades. With a rich history and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in the West African gold industry, Intertek Minerals has continuously sought to enhance its offerings. The introduction of PhotonAssay technology is another milestone in this journey.

PhotonAssay is a revolutionary analytical technique that ushers in a new era of speed, accuracy, and safety in gold analysis. Unlike traditional fire assay methods, PhotonAssay employs high-intensity X-rays to excite gold atoms, producing unique gamma-ray signatures that are then measured to determine gold content. This innovative approach delivers results in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods, while also significantly reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.

Intertek Minerals' adoption of PhotonAssay technology at its Tarkwa laboratory not only underscores the company's commitment to staying at the forefront of analytical solutions but also signifies its unwavering dedication to sustainability. By minimizing the environmental impact of testing procedures, the technology aligns seamlessly with Intertek's broader sustainability objectives.

"Intertek Minerals is excited to introduce PhotonAssay technology to our Tarkwa laboratory. This advancement is a testament to our ongoing pursuit of excellence and our desire to provide the gold industry in West Africa with the best possible support," stated John Fowler, Senior Vice President Minerals and Exploration and Production. "The PhotonAssay unit's ability to deliver rapid, accurate, and environmentally conscious results will undoubtedly elevate our clients' operations and contribute to the region's overall economic growth."

The installation of the PhotonAssay unit at the Tarkwa laboratory signifies a new chapter in Intertek Minerals' storied history. This milestone showcases the company's unyielding commitment to innovation and reinforces its position as a trusted partner in the West African gold industry.

Intertek provides mineral testing services throughout the mining life cycle from exploration geochemistry, mine site laboratory services, minerals inspection, sampling and analysis, robotic laboratory solutions, environmental services and metallurgical testing services across the mining supply chain.

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Kaeti Fallens
Global Marketing Manager Minerals
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Sampson Koduah
General Manager Minerals
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About Intertek


Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers' operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.