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Rare Earth Minerals News

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... 

Arafura raising funds for Nolans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2018 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources will raise A$11.5-million through a one-for-four non-renounceable entitlement offer, to progress the development of its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory. The company said that some 143.9-million new shares will be... 

Australian rare earths producer starts production

10th August 2018 The commissioning process of Australian heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals’ Browns Range rare earths project is progressing well, with various parts of the pilot process plant, in both the beneficiation plant and the hydrometallurgical plant, having been commissioned as part of the... 

Australian rare  earths producer  starts production
Photo by Bloomberg
RARE EARTH Northern Minerals reports that about 1 000 t of ore has been crushed and first ore has been processed through the beneficiation plant

Rainbow, TechMet to consider feasibility of downstream rare earths separation

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Aim-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has entered into a cooperation agreement with TechMet to fund a definitive feasibility study (DFS) into downstream rare earths separation. Subject to the completion of an initial scoping exercise, Rainbow and TechMet will form a joint venture to commission and... 

Rainbow targeting production rate increase to 5 000 t/y by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 LSE-listed rare earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths is targeting a production rate of about 400 t/m, or 5 000 t/y, for its Gakara project, based in Burundi, by the end of this year. According to CEO Martin Eales, the 180% year-on-year increase in tonnes of concentrate sold in the... 

Lynas production hits record, further increases planned for Q1 FY2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) and rare-earth oxide (REO) production for the June quarter, with further increases planned for the September quarter. The ASX-listed company on Friday reported REO production of 4 804 t, up 17% on the previous quarter’s... 

Lynas production hits record, further increases planned for Q1 FY2019

Turkey's energy ministry to open 616 mine sites for exploration through tenders

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 Turkey's Energy Ministry will open 616 mine sites for exploration through tenders, according to two notices in the country's Official Gazette on Wednesday. The mine tenders were divided into five groups including substances such as radioactive minerals, precious metals, rare earth metals, coal... 

Phase 2 drilling campaign to start at Burundi rare earths project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 Rare-earth elements (REE) mining company Rainbow Rare Earths will start its Phase 2 drilling campaign at its Gakara project, in Burundi, this month, which will consist of about 750 m of further core drilling at the Kiyenzi prospect, says Rainbow CEO Martin Eales. Gakara is one of the... 

Phase 2 drilling campaign to start at Burundi rare earths project
PROMISING RESULTS Laboratory test results have confirmed the initial field analysis of the presence of multiple intersections of high-grade rare-earth elements at Kiyenzi

Focus Graphite unveils positive PEA for Quebec rare-earths project

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2018 Shares in TSX-V-listed minor Focus Graphite jumped on Thursday after the company announced the results of its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Kwyjibo rare earth element (REE) project, near Sept-Iles, Quebec. Focus Graphite has partnered with the Quebec government's commercial... 

Focus Graphite unveils positive PEA for Quebec rare-earths project

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
Photo by Dylan Slater
Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
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