Element offers a wide range of inspection, sampling, and testing services that help mining companies and ore exporters quickly and efficiently analyze mineral ores and metal deposits in both exploration and production phases of works. 

There is a high demand from the mining industry to analyze the quality and extent of metals in base metal ores. It is important to determine the elemental and mineralogical composition of an ore body to quantify the commercial feasibility of a mine.

Element’s Minerals and Ores experts have successfully serviced the mining commodity market offering at source, shipment, and umpire analysis for commercial settlement since 2006. We combine our expertise with the latest testing equipment to provide rapid, reliable, and cost-effective analytical solutions tailored to specific client requirements. 

Minerals and ore analysis services at Element Muscat 

The Oman-based Element Muscat ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory is highly renowned for delivering high-quality mining and support testing services within the challenging Oman project environment, including; 

  • Sample collection (chips, lumps, cores) 
  • Sample preparation (crush, mill, and split) 
  • Sample certification
  • Sample comminution (core splitting, grinding, crushing, riffling, sieving) 
  • Chemical analysis (XRF, ICP, OES) 
  • Physical testing of Ores
  • Metallurgical testing
  • General quarry products testing

Element Muscat uses X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometer analysis to produce the chemical composition and evaluation of specific mining targets for commodity minerals. In addition, we carry out Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) for acid digestion of the sample to determine the chemical composition of industrial minerals. 

The analysis reports generated during the exploration stage form the basis of resource estimation within a given area that can assist the mining company’s extraction plan.

ColdBlock™ Digestion Technology

Element Muscat implements ColdBlock™ Digestion which allows preparation of various sizes of mining samples quickly and efficiently. Existing technology can take over 16 hours to digest mining samples and produce toxic acids, while ColdBlock™ Digestion technology delivers fast digestion times of 10-15 minutes and uses focused infrared energy to heat the sample in an acid mixture, producing 'greener' results.

Our sample preparation services using ColdBlock™ Digestion Technology reduce environmental impact, improve safety, and save our clients time and money.

Materials we test

Minerals we can test for include:

  • Chromite ore 
  • Iron ore 
  • Manganese ore 
  • Copper ore 
  • Ferrochrome
  • Cement & gypsum
  • Limestone 
  • Dolomite
  • Clay
  • Gold ore

For more information about our minerals and ore analysis or to request a quote, contact our experts now.


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