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Rare Earth Minerals News

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Mkango granted extended prospecting licence in Malawi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 TSX-V-listed and Aim-listed Mkango Resources has been granted a two-year renewal for the Phalombe licence, in Malawi, which contains the company’s flagship rare earths project – Songwe Hill. The Malawian government granted the extended licence from January 21, 2019, to January 21, 2021.  

Steenkampskraal to progress BFS following court case conclusion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 Steenkampskraal Holdings (SHL) will now proceed with a bankable feasibility study (BFS) at its Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, in the Western Cape, following the conclusion of a court case between SHL and contractor ERES Engineering Projects. The High Court last week rescinded the contracts... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Australia’s Lynas tumbles on new Malaysia conditions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Lynas fell by 22% on Wednesday after the Malaysian government imposed new conditions on the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), despite the outcome of the recent review into the company’s operations in that country. The Review Committee report was posted online... 

Australia’s Lynas tumbles on new Malaysia conditions
Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze

Malaysia sets licence renewal conditions for rare earths miner Lynas

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Malaysia on Tuesday set conditions for future renewal for rare earths miner Lynas' licences to operate in the country, including the removal of radioactive residues. The Energy and Environment Ministry also said in a statement that Lynas must submit an action plan for non-radioactive waste... 

Mkango concludes Songwe Hill drilling programme with 19 confirmed rare earth zones

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources on Monday announced results for its final 21 drill holes, which are part of a 10 900 m drill programme, at the Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Nineteen of the 21 drill holes intersected significant zones of rare earths mineralisation grading... 

Hastings secures Chinese takeoff

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2018 Rare earths developer Hastings Technology Metals has signed an offtake contract with China’s Sky Rock Rare Earth New Material Company over its Yangina rare earths project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the offtake agreement, Sky Rock would purchase 2 500 t/y of carbonate over a... 

Nigeria awards mining exploration contract to ten mining, consulting firms

By: Reuters     28th November 2018 Nigeria has awarded a mining contract to ten exploration and consulting companies as part of the country's efforts to develop the sector, the mining and steel development minister said on Tuesday. Abubakar Bawa Bwari did not say how much the contracts were worth but in July he had said eight... 

Lynas to temporarily halt Malaysia rare earths production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th November 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has told shareholders that it is planning a temporary production shut-down of its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), in Malaysia, during December. Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze on Tuesday said that while company had previously lodged an application to increase the yearly... 

Alkane in no hurry at Dubbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st November 2018 Multi-commodity miner and explorer Alkane Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that it was in no hurry to develop its zirconium, niobium, hafnium and rare-earth project near Dubbo, in New South Wales. Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, chairperson Ian Gandel said that while... 

Boonanarring produces first heavy mineral concentrate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2018 The Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has produced its first heavy mineral concentrate, ASX-listed Image Resources reported. The company said on Monday that the wet commissioning at Boonanarring started in October, and continues to advance on schedule and within budget. 

Arafura aims for A$3m in SPP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2018 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources will raise A$3-million through a share purchase plan (SPP) to advance its Nolans project, in the Northern Territory. Eligible shareholders will be allowed to subscribe for up to A$15 000 worth of new shares in the company, with the new shares to be issued... 

Arafura picks a spot for separation plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2018 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources has revealed plans to build a separation plant at its Nolas neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory. Arafura had previously panned for the separation plant to be located offshore, however, the company said on Wednesday that process... 

Rainbow moves 400 t a month run rate target out to 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 LSE-listed miner Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara mine, in Burundi, produced 350 t of exported concentrate in the quarter ended September 30 – a 27% increase on the 275 t produced in the June quarter. Sales for the quarter were maintained at 350 t. 

China cutting rare earth output, unnerving global manufacturers

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 The Chinese government is limiting domestic production of rare earth minerals in the second half of the year, a move likely to crimp international exports and send prices for the critical materials higher, according to data from Adamas Intelligence. China is by far the world's largest producer... 

Lynas’ NEXT project starts to deliver as Sept quarter output rises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Rare earths developer Lynas has reported record production for the three months to September 30, while revenue increased by 15.2% on the previous quarter. Neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) production for the quarter reached a record 1 579 t, up 9.1% on the June quarter. 

Kenya wins case against Cortec Mining on rare earths, niobium licence

By: Reuters     24th October 2018 Kenya has won a case against Cortec Mining Kenya Limited, Cortec and Stirling Capital over the revocation in 2013 of a licence for mining niobium and rare earth minerals, a court ruling made public on Tuesday showed. The decision could add to wariness about Kenya's nascent mining industry among... 

Lynas raises storage red flag

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 ASX-listed Lynas could well be faced with another dilemma if the Malaysian government is lax to respond to a request to extend the company’s permission to store NUF at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP). NUF is one of the two solid residues produced at LAMP. NUF is not a radioactive... 

Lynas still waiting on clarity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas was still seeking clarity from the Malaysian government over the details of a reported review committee established to review the company’s operations in that country. Lynas on Tuesday said that local media outlets in Malaysia had announced the members of the review... 

Northern Minerals secures A$27m from Browns plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 Heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals has secured a further A$27-million in funding to progress the development of the Browns Range pilot plant, in Western Australia, and to accelerate enhancement initiatives at the project. The company has entered into a subscription agreement with NRE... 

Northern flags Browns Range increases

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals has flagged the potential to increase production from its Browns Range pilot plant project, in Western Australia, at a capital cost of A$4-million. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that it had investigated using ore sorting on the five... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Northern produces first rare earth carbonate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 Rare earths miner Northern Minerals has produced its first rare earth carbonate at its Browns Range pilot plant, in Western Australia. The production of the first final product followed the start of plant commissioning in June this year. 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Malawian consent order allows Lindian to secure rare earths project EPL soon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 ASX-listed Lindian Resources’ geologist Michael Saner has signed a consent order with the Malawi Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, bringing the company a step closer to acquiring up to 75% in the Kangankunde rare earths project, in Malawi. With the consent order obtained,... 

Four-week public review of Yangibana to open next week

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 The environmental review period of the Yangibana project is set to open next week, allowing the public 28 days to comment on the planned rare earth minerals mine in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. The environmental review document will be available for comment from October 1 to 28,... 

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 The only operating rare earths mine in the US - and once the world’s biggest -- is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were... 

Rare earth miner Lynas to face review in Malaysia - media

By: Reuters     24th September 2018 Australia-listed rare earths miner Lynas Corp said on Monday that reports an opponent of its refinery in Malaysia will head a government review of the plant "raise concerns", as its shares lost nearly a quarter of their value. Lynas is the only major miner outside China of the metallic elements,... 

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

US gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200bn China tariff list

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 The United States did not include rare earth elements, metals used in magnets, radars and consumer electronics, from its final list of tariffs on $200-billion of Chinese goods, underscoring its reliance on China for the strategic minerals. China is the world's largest producer of rare earths and... 

Mkango completes another eight drill holes at Songwe Hill

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources on Tuesday announced that it has completed a further eight holes from the latest diamond drill programme at its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. All eight drill holes intersected rare earth mineralisation, with selected intersections averaging 1%... 

Lynas reports first profits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported its first net profits after tax for the full year ended June, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) also increased significantly. Net profit after tax for the financial year reached A$53.1-million, compared with a loss of... 

Mkango intersects extensive zones of rare earths mineralisation at Malawi project

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources has revealed the results of exploration drilling on the first eight holes, totalling 944 m of its targeted 10 000 m diamond drilling programme, at the Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. The drilling programme, which is focussed on infill drilling to... 

Greenland moves to advance Kvanefjeld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st August 2018 ASX-listed Greenland Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with shareholder Shenghe Resources Holding to commercialise the Kvanefjeld rare earths project. The MoU establishes a strategic framework for the two companies to enter future binding agreements covering the offtake of... 

Browns Range pilot plant achieves mechanical completion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 The Browns Range pilot plant, in Western Australia, has achieved mechanical completion, with the process plant components having been installed, powered up and tested as part of the commissioning process, heavy rare earths developer Northern Minerals reported on Monday. 

Arafura starts geo work at Nolans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2018 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources has started a major geotechnical programme at its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, to assess the location for critical site infrastructure. The company on Thursday said that some 70 to 80 shallow pits will be... 

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