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Rare Earth Minerals News

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 Swanepoel     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 Swanepoel     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 Swanepoel     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 Swanepoel     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
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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 Swanepoel     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
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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
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JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
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CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Premier African secures $300 000 loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals (Pam) has entered into a loan agreement with a company, owned by a trust of which its CEO George Roach is a beneficiary, for a gross value of $300 000. The loan will provide additional general working capital, while the company looks to bring finality to the... 

Mkango begins major drilling programme at Songwe

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources has started a major diamond drilling programme at its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. The drilling programme, the Canadian mineral exploration and development company explained, is a key component of the feasibility study for Songwe, which is... 

Alkane updates Dubbo business case

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 Multi-commodity miner and explorer Alkane Resources has completed the engineering and financial review of its zirconium, niobium, hafnium and rare earth project near Dubbo, in New South Wales, which confirmed that the project is technically sound and financially viable, generating a potential... 

Alkane updates Dubbo business case
Zirconium

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Namibia Rare Earths changes name to reflect broader commodity base

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 TSX­-V-listed Namibia Rare Earths has changed its name to Namibia Critical Metals. “The company changed its name to more accurately reflect the recently expanded commodity base from solely rare earths to include a variety of highly critical commodities, including cobalt, copper, vanadium, zinc,... 

Steenkampskraal BFS to be finalised in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, in the Western Cape, will be concluded in the next 6 to 12 months, says Steenkampskraal Holdings chairperson Trevor Blench. The mine is one of the highest-grade rare earth and thorium mines in the world, with average... 

Peak gets permission for Teesside plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Rare earths developer Peak Resources has been granted planning permission for the Teesside refinery, in the UK by the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The planning permission is the approval required for the construction of the planned rare earth separation plant, with the environmental... 

Talaxis to acquire up to 75% of Mkango’s Songwe project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 Noble Group subsidiary Talaxis has entered into definitive agreements with Mkango Resources to acquire up to a 75% interest in Mkango’s Lancaster Exploration subsidiary, as well as a 49% stake in its downstream metals division Maginito Investments. In January, Talaxis paid Mkango £5-million in... 

Nolans gets environmental approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 The federal government has approved the Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, for development. Developer Arafura Resources on Monday told shareholders that the approval was the final step in the project’s environmental approvals process, after the Northern... 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

Browns Range starts commissioning

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2018 Commissioning of the Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot plant project, in Western Australia, has started with the successful commissioning of the crushing circuit. ASX-listed Northern Minerals said on Wednesday that the final component to the crushing circuit was delivered on site in April. 

Northwest Territories gets shortest end of straw as mining boosts Nunavut, Yukon economies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 A lack of new mining projects in the development pipeline of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT) is threatening to derail the region’s economic growth outlook, the latest ‘Territorial Outlook’ by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has found. The independent Ottawa-headquartered think tank... 

Rainbow aims to ramp up Gakara production to 5 000 t by year-end

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 Rainbow Rare Earths plans to increase production at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, to an annualised rate of 5 000 t/y by the end of this year. This follows after the company discovered significant rare earth element (REE) mineralisation during its maiden drilling campaign at Gakara. 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Gakara exports first batch of rare earth concentrate, ramps up production

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, has produced and exported its first 25 t batch of high-grade rare earth concentrate. The commissioning of the gravity processing plant at the mine, which started production in December 2017, has also been completed.  

Commissioning starts at Browns Range pilot

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Commissioning of the Browns Range crushing circuit has now started, heavy rare earths developer Northern Minerals reported on Tuesday. The commissioning of the crusher circuit was the first phase of the commissioning for the Browns Range project, in Western Australia, with the pilot plant... 

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