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Rare Earth Minerals News

Lynas gets restart date in Malaysia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas is expected to resume operations at its Advanced Materials Plant, in Malaysia, by May 4. The company on Friday said that all economic sectors, including manufacturing, mining and services would be allowed to resume from the beginning of next week. 

Pensana gets mining permit in Angola

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2020 The Angolan government has approved a mining title for ASX-listed Pensana Rare Earth’s Longonjo project. The mining title allows Pensana to mine for rare earths, and is renewable up to 35 years, covering an area of 21 km2. 

Lynas plant in Malaysia remains closed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2020 The Malaysian government has extended its Movement Control Order until May 12, meaning rare earths miner Lynas’ operations in the country would remain suspended. Operations at the Advanced Materials Plant was suspended in March as part of the country’s wider effort to halt the spread of the... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

US quandary: how to secure weapons-grade minerals without China

By: Reuters     22nd April 2020 The US wants to curb its reliance on China for specialised minerals used to make weapons and high-tech equipment, but it faces a Catch-22. It only has one rare earths mine - and government scientists have been told not to work with it because of its Chinese ties. The mine is southern... 

Lynas makes it to the first phase of US defence contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2020 The US Department of Defense (DoD) has told rare earths miner Lynas of its intent to award the Australia-based company with a Phase 1 contract for a US-based heavy rare earths separation facility. The Phase 1 funding will allow Lynas and its joint venture partner Blue Line to complete detailed... 

Quebec rare earth plant retrofitted to produce hand sanitiser

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2020 Canadian rare earths company Geomega has begun modifying its rare-earth pilot plant, located at the National Research Council in Boucherville, Quebec, to be able to produce hand santiser. In a statement announcing the initiative, Geomega says that the hand sanitiser will be geared predominantly... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 The arrest of the chief executive of Implats' Implala Platinum Rustenburg mining operations was on Friday welcomed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Parliamentary chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, who on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies to act decisively against mining executives who... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge
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Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday welcomed the amendments to the Disaster Management Act regulations as they pertain to mining. These regulations allow a phase-up in mining capacity to 50% during the lockdown period, but with all the preventative and mitigating controls in place to... 

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Power Metal Resources to start Ditau acquisition process by September 1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2020 Aim-listed Power Metal Resources (POW) has started the process of acquiring a 51% interest in the Ditau project, in Botswana, from fellow Aim-listed Kavango Resources for £150 000 in shares. POW will issue about 35-million new ordinary shares of 0.1p each, at an issue price of 0.42p apiece, to... 

Rainbow Rare Earths continues to export through Tanzania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2020 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has exported a further 100 t of concentrate, after having exported 75 t in February. The company has steadily increased production at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, and commissioning of a fleet of five new trucks will grow production further, which will be... 

Lynas applies for leeway in Malaysia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas has applied for approval to operate its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, in Malaysia, as that country extends its lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Lynas in March temporarily suspended operations at its Malaysian plant as part of a country-wide initiative to halt the... 

China's rare earth exports leap in March after coronavirus-hit Jan, Feb

By: Reuters     14th April 2020 China's rare earth exports rose 19.2% year-on-year in March, customs data showed on Tuesday, hitting their highest since at least 2014 as a backlog of product was shipped, helping the industry rebound from a January-February slump due to the coronavirus outbreak. Exports totalled 5 551.4 t last... 

Hastings gets enviro nod for Yangibana rare earth project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2020 ASX-listed Hastings Technology Metals has been granted a Commonwealth environmental permit for its Yangibana rare earths project, in Western Australia. “We have now received all material approvals required for the development of the Yangibana rare earths project. This environmental permit... 

Hastings gets enviro nod for Yangibana rare earth project

Too early to comment on when mining will resume – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Comment on when mining industry operations will resume is premature but what is certain is that when resumption does occur, it will not be business as usual, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Noting reports on the resumption of mining operations after 16 April, Minerals Council... 

USA Rare Earth progresses re-establishing a critical mineral supply chain outside China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2020 North American miner USA Rare Earth has purchased neodymium iron boron permanent magnet manufacturing equipment from Hitachi Metals America, which will form part of the only manufacturing plant of this sort in the Americas. USA Rare Earths is developing the Round Top Mountain heavy rare earth... 

Dazzler resource increases by 50%

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2020 ASX-listed Northern Minerals has reported a 50% increase in the mineral resource estimate for the Dazzler rare earths deposit, at its Browns Range project, in Western Australia. The deposit is now estimated to host 214 000 t of ore, grading 2.33% total rare earth oxide for five-million kilograms... 

Mintek produces own sanitisers to assist with Covid-19 response

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2020 As supply of sanitisers continue to run low owing to high demand, national mineral research organisation Mintek has produced more than 600 ℓ of hand and surface sanitisers to use and distribute to staff. Sanitisers were produced in Mintek's controlled laboratory environment in the Advanced... 

Uranium exploration programme announced

3rd April 2020 TSX-listed Blue Sky Uranium last month announced that the company had started a 4 500 m reverse circulation drilling exploration programme at its wholly-owned Amarillo Grande uranium/vanadium project (AGP) in Rio Negro province, Argentina. The programme will include a total of about 100 holes in... 

Uranium exploration programme announced
BLUE SKY AT NIGHT The drilling programme if successful holds the potential to expand the project form a single deposit to a multi-deposit uranium district

Mkango completes in-country operations off site for Malawi project

By: Simone Liedtke     31st March 2020 Most of dual-listed Mkango Resources’ in-country operations are being completed off site, and all of its employees are now working from home, where possible, the rare earth minerals company said in a statement on March 31. All travel has also been curtailed as part of the company’s response to... 

Lynas halt extended

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas on Tuesday said that operations at its plant in Malaysia would continue to remain suspended after the Malaysian government extended its Movement Control Order from March 31 to April 14. Lynas told shareholders that the company was continuously assessing the effects of the... 

Rainbow reports lower full-year output, but progresses strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2020 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths experienced operational challenges at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, and produced only 114 t of concentrate in the six months ended December 31, 2019. This compares with the 564 t produced in the six months ended December 31, 2018.  

Rainbow reports lower full-year output, but progresses strategy

Coronavirus slows US push to produce electric vehicle minerals

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 The coronavirus pandemic is hobbling US efforts to produce lithium, rare earths and other materials used in electric vehicles and high-tech equipment, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's plan to curb Chinese control of the strategic minerals sector. As the pandemic has killed about 20 000... 

Coronavirus slows US push to produce electric vehicle minerals
Lithium Americas Thacker Pass project, in Nevada.

Travel restrictions halts Browns Range

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2020 Rare earths producer Northern Minerals has temporarily suspended operations at the Browns Range project, in Western Australia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that given the extreme remoteness of the site, operations have been moved to care-and-maintenance... 

Kazera to raise £200 000 through short-term loan facilities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2020 Aim-listed Kazera Global has entered into definitive agreements with a consortium of investors and existing shareholders to raise, in aggregate, about £200 000 through short-term unsecured loan facilities. The proceeds will be used for working capital purposes while the company continues to... 

Covid halts Lynas plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas has temporarily suspended production at its Malaysian plant, as the Malaysian government tightened control as the COVID-19 cases escalate. Lynas on Monday said that as part of the temporary plant shut-down to care and maintenance mode, the company has retained some... 

Gold miner Polymetal gains exposure to ‘EV revolution’

By: Mariaan Webb     19th March 2020 Precious metals miner Polymetal will buy a 9.1% stake for $20-million in ThreeArc Mining – a company that owns the Tomtor niobium and rare-earth element (REE) project (Tomtor), in north-west Yakutia, Russia. The acquisition provides Polymetal with a "high-quality exposure to the electric vehicle... 

Pensana hits mineralisation that could extend Angola project’s mine life

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 ASX-listed rare earths explorer Pensana Metals expects to upgrade its mineral resource estimate following promising results from a 7 000 m drilling programme, at the Longonjo project, in Angola. The results include high-grade shallow intersections from a new zone of mineralisation located 600 m... 

Pensana hits mineralisation that could extend Angola project’s mine life
Photo by Bloomberg
Neodymium rare earths

Arafura adds ten years to Nolans mine life

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2020 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources has reported a 54% increase in the ore reserve at its Nolans neodymium praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, supporting a ten-year increase to the expected mine life. The ore reserve for the Nolans project is now estimated at 29.5-million... 

Oro Verde reports maiden resource in Uganda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2020 Junior Oro Verde has reported a maiden mineral resource estimate for Makuutu rare earths project, in Uganda, of 47.3-million tonnes grading at 910 parts per million total rare earth oxide. The maiden resource estimate is based on only 681.5 m of core drilling undertaken in late 2019 within the... 

Lining solutions increase plant availability

6th March 2020 Two African mines are achieving increased production time and plant availability after converting to engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex and Linard rubber lining solutions. A mineral sands operation in Mozambique approached Weir Minerals just over two years ago, after... 

Lining solutions increase plant availability
BOOSTING AVAILABILITY The rubber lining provided by Weir Minerals has allowed for increased production time and plant availability

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent

By: Halima Frost     6th March 2020 Monitoring solutions provider MineWare this month announced the launch of its Argus wheel loader monitoring system in Australia and the US, with a global roll-out to follow this year to meet industry demand. “The omnipresent wheel loader plays an important role in heavy minerals mining and its... 

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent
WATCH IT The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load

JV looks to expand rare earths mining

6th March 2020 Rare earth miner Namibia Critical Metals (NCM) announced details of the Term 1 planned work programme for the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project in northern Namibia last month. While heavy mineral sands projects tend to be associated with titanium and zirconium minerals such as rutile, ilmenite and... 

JV looks to expand  rare earths mining
TERMS OF AGREEMENT The mining of rare earth minerals in Namibia will be complimented by the joint venture signed last month

US launches tool to stake claim to world’s rare earth minerals

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2020 In a high-tech twist on hammering pickets into the ground, the US State Department has launched an online tool aimed at staking America’s claim to many of the world’s rare-earth minerals. The US has become increasingly concerned about securing a stable supply of critical minerals used in car... 

US launches tool to stake claim to world’s rare earth minerals

Difficult first half for Lynas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th February 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas on Friday reported a 79.6% fall in net profits for the first half of 2020, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell 13%. Net profit after tax for the six month ending December reached A$3.8-million, compared with the A$19-million in... 

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