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Rare Earth Minerals News

Hudson’s Greenland REE project unaffected by uranium ban

By: Mariaan Webb     16th November 2021 Canadian developer Hudson Resources said on Monday that new anti-uranium legislation in Greenland would not impact on its rare earth element (REE) project, which contained only low levels of uranium. The new legislation, passed on November 8, bans the development of mineral projects with a... 

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Mkango welcomes HyProMag’s Germany expansion

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 Aim- and TSX-V-listed rare earths project developer Mkango Resources reports that HyProMag has established an 80%-owned German subsidiary – magnetic materials company HyProMag GmbH, which is 20% held by professor Carlo Burkhardt of Pforzheim University in Germany, who has also been appointed to... 

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

China to step up strategic mineral resource exploration

By: Reuters     12th November 2021 China will step up exploration of strategic mineral resources including petroleum, natural gas, copper, chrome, tungsten, rare earths and others during 2021 to 2025, the top economic planner said on Friday. The National Development and Reform Commission revealed the plan for promoting... 

Greenland Minerals looking for solutions to uranium issues

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2021 The share price of ASX-listed Greenland Minerals tumbled on Friday as the company resumed share trading after the Greenland government earlier this week passed legislation to ban uranium mining. The new legislation could mean the axe for Greenland’s Kvanefjeld rare earths project, as it... 

Greenland Minerals looking for solutions to uranium issues

US adds nickel, zinc to draft critical minerals list, drops potash

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2021 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has added nickel and zinc to its proposed list of 50 ‘critical minerals’ – defined as those essential to economic or national security and have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption – while four others, including potash, have fallen off the draft 2021 list. The... 

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The Biden Administration's 100 day supply chain review states that there is an 'urgency' to develop a strategy around Class 1 nickel.

Mkango now owns 41.6% of HyProMag

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2021 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources’ interest in UK-based magnetic recycling company HyProMag has increased to 41.6% from 25%. This followed HyProMag opting to exercise its right to convert into shares a £200 000 loan, which formed part of a £500 000 financing package agreed between the... 

Sustainable rare earths separation facility on horizon

By: Claire O'Reilly     29th October 2021 UK-based exploration and development company Pensana, formerly Pensana Rare Earths, is aiming to establish, subject to funding, a world-class, independent and sustainable supply chain of rare-earth metals vital for electric vehicles (EVs), wind turbines and other strategic industries, says... 

Peak looks at a bigger Ngualla

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2021 ASX-listed Peak Resources on Thursday flagged a possible increase in production for its Ngualla rare earth projects and for its Teesside refinery. The company previously announced that it would work to update a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the project to update transport logistics, mine... 

Hastings ticks another box for rare earths processing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2021 The federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has finalised its environmental approval for the hydrometallurgical plant at rare earths miner Hastings Technology Metals’ Yangibana rare earths project, in Western Australia. DAWE has given Hastings approval to proceed with... 

EPA approves Lynas plant in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) this week granted environmental approval for rare earths producer Lynas to develop its rare earth processing facility. Lynas is proposing to construct and operate the plant on Great Eastern Highway, about 7 km from... 

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No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Search Minerals and USA Rare Earth deepen relationship

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2021 Critical mineral companies Search Minerals and USA Rare Earth have deepened their relationship with a nonbinding memorandum of understanding for an offtake of 500 t/y of neodymium/praseodymium from future production at the Deep Fox and Foxtrot deposits, in Labrador, Canada. Almost a year ago,... 

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Vital finds more offtake for Canadian rare earths

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 ASX-listed Vital Metals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TSX-V-listed Ucore Rare Metals to supply rare earth carbonate feedstock. Under the terms of the MoU, Vital would sell a minimum of 500 t/y of rare earth oxide to Ucore, starting in the first half of 2024.  

Hochschild to demerge and list rare earths unit in Toronto

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Precious metals miner Hochschild Mining on Tuesday announced that it will demerge its rare earth minerals unit from the group and list Aclara Resources separately on the TSX by the end of the year. Aclara owns a strategic land package of mineral concessions in Chile and is initiating the... 

Hochschild to demerge and list rare earths unit in Toronto

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Company establishes green rare earth fluoride manufacturing plant based on Necsa intellectual property 

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2021 Over the past two years, Pretoria-based rare earth (RE) minerals refinery Rare Earth Refiners (RER) has designed, built and commissioned a demonstration plant for the green production of RE fluorides using a R15-million grant from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). REs, and especially... 

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The rare earth fluoride production machine based on intellectual property developed by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

Rainbow raises funds for South Africa, Burundi projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2021 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has raised £6.44-million, or about $8.5-million, through the issue of 42.9-million shares. The proceeds will be used to advance work at its Phalaborwa project, in South Africa, and its Gakara project, in Burundi, as well as for working capital purposes. 

Rare earths sector at risk of more substitution if prices spike

By: Reuters     12th October 2021 The rare earth sector is likely to face more substitution unless production ramps up sharply to close a looming supply gap, an industry executive has warned. Demand for rare earth permanent magnets, key for electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines, is due to soar as governments and companies... 

Investment bank recognises Pensana as climate leader

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2021 Investment Bank Liberum sees significant upside in London-listed Pensana as one of only three UK Companies to meet the climate leaders gold standard. The company has been picked by the bank as one of five stocks, and the only small cap, that it considers climate leaders in the UK and Europe ahead... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Namibia Critical Metals completes test work at Lofdal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2021 TSX-V-listed Namibia Critical Metals (NCM) has successfully completed hydrometallurgical test work to develop a flowsheet capable of producing a high-grade rare earth oxide product from a xenotime flotation concentrate from its Lofdal heavy rare earths project in Namibia.   This development... 

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

GM, General Electric to develop supply chain of rare earth materials for EVs

By: Reuters     6th October 2021 General Motors and General Electric said on Wednesday they plan to study ways they could develop a supply chain of rare earths and other minerals used to make electric vehicles and renewable energy equipment. Both companies signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate how they could work... 

Hyperion reports maiden resource in Tennessee

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2021 ASX-listed Hyperion Metals has reported a maiden mineral resource estimate of 431-million tonnes, grading 2.2% total heavy mineral (THM), for 9.5-million tonnes of THM for its Titan rare earths project, in Tennessee. The resource estimate included a high-grade core of 195-million tonnes at 3.7%... 

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Defense Metals expedites Wicheeda REE drill programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2021 TSX-V-listed Defense Metals is mobilising a second diamond drill to expedite its ongoing Wicheeda rare earth element (REE) deposit resource expansion and delineation diamond drill programme. The second drill rig will start coring within the central deposit by mid-week, the company said on Monday. 

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

EU makes $2bn push to curb reliance on China’s rare earths

By: Bloomberg     1st October 2021 The European Union is pushing for the continent to establish its own supply of rare earths to reduce an uneasy reliance on China for the elements crucial to electric cars, wind turbines and mobile phones. A plan released Thursday by the European Raw Materials Alliance, set up by the EU last... 

HyProMag successfully extracts rare earths from audio products

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2021 HyProMag, a company in which Mkango subsidiary Maginito holds a stake, has successfully recycled rare earth magnets from loudspeakers in vehicles and flat screen televisions. Recycling rare earth magnets creates a low-energy impact feedstock, which would otherwise be lost to landfill.... 

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Pensana appoints natural resources financier as nonexec director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2021 Rare earths company Pensana has appointed highly experienced natural resources financier Steve Sharpe as independent nonexecutive director. Sharpe is an executive board member of EIT Raw Materials and a Partner of SLB Capital Management. Previously, he was chairperson of AME Group, MD at... 

Pensana considers how Coola project may complement production from Longonjo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 London-listed Pensana reports that field exploration activities have resumed at its Coola project, which is 16 km north of the company’s Longonjo rare earth project, in Angola. Last year, exploration work identified highly anomalous technology metals including rare earths, scandium and fluorite... 

Mkango undertaking drilling, pitting programme at Songwe

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2021 A major geotechnical drilling and pitting programme is set to begin at the Songwe Hill rare earths development project, in Malawi, dual-listed Mkango Resources reported on Friday. The company said that its management team, together with Malawian geotechnical engineering firm Geoconsult and South... 

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