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Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility, Australia – update

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28th October 2022

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility.

Location
Goldfields region of Western Australia.

Project Owner/s
Rare earths miner Lynas Kalgoorlie, a subsidiary of rare earths developer Lynas Rare Earths.

Project Description
The project entails the construction and operation of the Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility.

The project will process rare-earth concentrate, sourced from Lynas’ Mt Weld mine, to produce a rare-earth carbonate for export.

The processing facility site will comprise an acid cracking kiln and leaching plant, which will process material from the Mt Weld mine site.

Associated infrastructure includes small temporary by-product (gypsum and iron phosphate) storage areas at the facility, and are not intended to provide long-term storage.

Rare-earth concentrate feed is estimated at up to 162 000 t/y to produce 68 800 t/y of rare-earth carbonate.

Processing facility-derived waste and/or by-product is estimated at up to 132 000 t/y of iron phosphate and up to 330 000 t/y of gypsum.

The life of the project is 25 years.

Potential Job Creation
About 290 positions are expected to be created during construction.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
A$500-million, including associated upgrades at the Lynas Malaysia plant.

Planned Start/End Date
Not stated.

Latest Developments
Lynas has awarded a near A$33-million contract to Australian industrial services company WestStar Industrial at its rare earths processing facility.

WestStar’s engineering construction business, Alltype Engineering, has signed a contract for the fabrication and installation of the kiln feed hood and waste gas treatment circuit at the facility.

Work on the contract has started and is scheduled for completion during 2023.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
Lynas Rare Earths, tel +61 8 6241 3800.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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