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Emily Smith reports that geologists have discovered evidence of rare minerals in western Queensland that could be used to develop cutting edge technologies worth trillions of dollars. Experts from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the University of Queensland found the evidence of platinum and gold as well as rare-earth elements used in technologies from hybrid vehicle batteries to super-conducting magnets.

Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said the discovery could open up a whole new frontier for Queensland. Beyond the potential economic boost for Queensland... More →
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Ian Coles and Mayer Brown report that vital for so many modern technologies, rare earths remain among the most sought-after minerals on the planet. It was recently suggested at the AASS that the sea beds should be mined for them.

Currently, global demand is met largely by China. However, the fact that Rainbow Rare Earths, which owns a project in Burundi, successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange at the end of January has prompted speculation that China dominance may finally be challenged. Such talk may be premature but it does suggest that now is a good time to assess the cur... More →
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Texas Mineral Resources Corp., an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths and a variety of other high-value elements and industrial minerals, is pleased to announce support for Congressman Duncan Hunter H.R. 1407 METALS bill, introduced on March 7th, as the Materials Essential To American Leadership and Security Act. The full text of the bill may be found at the following link:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1407/text

The bill seeks to, among other things, create a working capital fund administered by the DOD Logistics Agency (DLA) th... More →
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Tess reports that Canadian mineral exploration and development company Mkango Resources Ltd. has announced a new partnership with British metals company Metalysis Limited. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), both companies will seek to develop and commercialize rare earth metal alloys, which will be used for manufacturing 3D printed permanent magnets.

According to the companies, the 3D permanent magnets they plan to develop will be used to manufacture electric vehicles, as well as other green consumer products and technologies. Rare earth permanent magnets are an important ... More →
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Rainbow Rare Earths has commenced activities at the high-grade Gakara rare earth project in Burundi following its successful IPO in January. This follows Rainbow Rare Earth US$8 million fundraising and successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in January 2017.

Gakara is one of the highest grade (47% to 67% total rare earth oxide) rare earths projects globally and is targeting first production and sales of rare earth concentrate by 2017 year end. Preparation for mining at Gakara is already underway at the company first production site, with haulage and access road construction bein... More →
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The New Europe blog reports that a British National Oceanographic expedition discovered an underwater rare earth deposit in the Atlantic, 500 km from the Canary Islands, which is astonishingly rich in the substance called Tellurium.

The BBC reports that the underwater tellurium deposit is found in concentrations 50,000 times higher than in deposits on land. The metal is used for the construction of wind turbines, solar panels, and electronic appliances.

The question on whether to mine the 3,000-meter underwater mountain known as Tropic Seamount raises environmental concer... More →
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Medallion Resources Ltd. today reported that the first phase of its advanced process test-work to extract rare-earth elements from monazite sand has yielded positive results. This phase has provided analysis of a potential new monazite feedstock supply and dissolution under different acids, said Don Lay, President and CEO of Medallion. He said that he is pleased with the feedstock make-up and have solidified our choice of acid format. We are now in a position to move forward with process optimization work.

Subsequent phases on the flow-sheet development, undertaken by the Saskatchew... More →
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Paige reports that Rare Earth Minerals are growing in demand, becoming a necessary and controversial commodity in today trade in production.Their status as a natural resource that is essential to the advancement of defense, technology, and clean energy will only be elevated as technology advances.

Although the REM trade has sparked backlash from environmental watch dogs, it is becoming more apparent that they are taking hold as the new oil in the natural commodities market. What makes REMs so rare is not their quantity on earth, which is abundant, but instead the amount of time and ... More →
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Mike Fredenburg opines that the U.S. government did nothing as we became completely dependent on other countries to supply us with defense-critical rare-earth elements. That the country we are now dependent on for REEs is China, a hostile power, is unforgivable.

China is not our friend. Any objective analysis of its actions and comments over the last 30 years would conclude that Beijing views the U.S. as its primary enemy. That is why Republican congressman (and former Marine) Duncan Hunter of California has proposed a bill to redress this dangerous situation by allocating 1% of th... More →
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Steve Mackowski presents in this series of articles rare-earth pricing data, publicly released company information and relevant market information. He provides commentary on this information where there is either a significant change in the fundamentals of rare earths or a significant development for the company. It is important to note that the company information will not simply be a reflection of progress through to PEA and onwards.

The single most important fundamental issue in the rare earth oxide business is what is happening in China. China is such a behemoth in REO producti... More →
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TMR is an exploration company targeting the heavy-rare earths and a variety of other high-value elements and industrial minerals (U, Sc, and Li), announces that the Company will change its corporate name to Texas Mineral Resources Corp.

Their increasing confidence in the ion exchange and ion chromatography process in separating and purifying the strategically vital heavy rare-earth elements present in the Round Top ore now permits them to begin to examine the production and marketing of the variety of other elements that are leached from the rhyolite host rock.

The name ... More →
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Rare Earth Salts, a leading mineral and applications technology company, and Minera BioLantanidos, the first Chilean Rare Earth company, today announced the signing of a commercial agreement to produce separated rare earth oxides from MBL ionic clay deposit. The Parties expect to produce fifteen (15) high purity rare earth oxides with initial salable product expected in first half of 2019.

This is a significant milestone for the rare earth industry. Together they will be bringing into production and establishing a consistent, high value, low cost, and environmentally friendly rare e... More →
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Priscila Barrera reports that the rare-earth group is made up of 15 lanthanides, plus yttrium and scandium, and each has different applications, pricing and supply and demand dynamics. Rare earths are often divided into heavy and light categories based on their atomic weight. Heavy rare earths are generally more sought after, but light REEs are important as well.

Rare earths can also be grouped together according to how they are used. Those used to make magnet rare earths include praseodymium, neodymium, samarium and dysprosium, while phosphor rare earths, those used in lighting (an... More →
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Rare earths were not mined in the U.S. during 2016. Bastnaesite, a rare-earth
fluorocarbonate mineral, was previously mined as a primary product at Mountain Pass, CA, which was put on care-and-maintenance in the fourth quarter of 2015. The estimated value of rare-earth compounds and metals imported by the U.S. in 2016 was $120 million, a decrease from $160 million imported in 2015. The estimated distribution of rare earths by end use was as follows ... catalysts, 55%, metallurgical applications and alloys, 15%, ceramics and glass, 10%, polishing, 10%, and other, 10%.

The suspen... More →
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Karl Herchenroeder reports that without a U.S. supply base, should the Chinese ever decide to curtail the supply of these materials to the U.S., we would be left without access, endangering the stability of both our domestic economy and our military, Ucore vice president of project development Randy MacGillivray told a panel recently.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) agreed with MacGillivray, saying that Congress needs to develop a predictable and timely permitting process that still adequately protects the environment. MacGillivray said China is able to dominate the market using outdated ... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that the rare-earth industry has seen better times. Prices have struggled as result of oversupply, and many experts believe that 2017 will be another slow year for the space. Even so, it is worth reviewing which countries have the highest rare-earth reserves.

While in many cases the world major rare-earth producers hold large reserves, some countries have low rare-earth production and high reserves. The U.S. did not produce rare earths in 2016, but its reserves are the seventh-highest in the world. It is possible that the U.S. and others could become bigger pla... More →
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Shane Lasley reports that a Swiss investment fund with ties to Russia-born billionaire Vladimir Iorich has put in a bid to buy the shuttered Mountain Pass rare earth-element mine in California, raising red flags for U.S. lawmakers concerned about the U.S. dependence on foreign countries for REEs and other metals necessary to maintain the U.S. military high-tech arsenal.

To help promote domestic production of these strategic metals and block foreign firms from buying rare earth mines on U.S. soil, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, introduced the Materials Essential to American Leader... More →
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Matt Geiger opines that if there is one thing clear from the first few weeks in the White House, it is that the man relishes conflict. Political opponents, federal judges, trade partners, steadfast allies, it does not matter. If there is a conflict to be had, the new guy will seek it out. So far, China has been spared from his outbursts. This will not last for long.

When presented with conflict, China has not hesitated to cut exports of strategically important metals. Most recently, in 2010 the Chinese government shut down rare-earth exports to Japan virtually overnight, due to a te... More →
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Greg Klein reports that the appeal to Western markets is obvious, an advanced, low-cost rare earths project in a friendly jurisdiction. So even before the recent military build-up in the South China Sea, Commerce Resources experienced an increase in American requests for concentrate samples from its northern Quebec Ashram deposit. With the U.S. Navy now challenging Chinese territorial aggression, the confrontation seems to pit two superpowers against each other. But what does that really indicate?

It is actually one lonely small old Russian-built carrier against three U.S. Nimitz-cl... More →
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Jon Yeomans reports that investors will be able to buy a slice of a rare earth miner in Burundi after Rainbow Rare Earths revealed plans to list on the London Stock Exchange.
RRE wants to raise 5.7 million Pounds to dust off and restart the Gakara mine in the landlocked east African country, which operated for 30 years until 1978.

Rare earths enjoyed a flurry of interest at the start of the decade before prices cooled. However, RRE believes the minerals at Gukara, such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium, will enjoy rising demand as they are needed in batteries, magnets and the ... More →
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Frik Els reports that REE demand will boom from 2020 onwards as growth rates of top end-use categories including electric vehicles, wind turbines and other hi-tech applications accelerate. Among the high-level findings of the report ...

Government-Led Initiatives will Fuel over Half of All New Demand Growth through 2025. Global rare earth demand has become inextricably and inadvertently linked to government policies, regulations, mandates, and initiatives concerning electric mobility, clean power generation, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, urbanization, and industry mod... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that 2016 has been another challenging year for the rare earth industry. Nonetheless, analysts were not expecting much from the industry at the end of 2015. Analysts indicate that demand for select rare earth elements ought to remain healthy but disconnected from overall price.

Similarly, Industrial Minerals note that the Chinese supply will continue pulling down prices until there is a firm policy in place to shut down artisan mines, or the emergence of new demand.

Still, the rare earth industry is expected to recover at some point and some say the f... More →
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Courtney Fowler reports that the Nolans Rare Earths Project has gained major project status from the Commonwealth Government. Arafura Resources plans to mine neodymium and praseodymium at Nolans, near Aileron, 135 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

The chemical elements would then be transported to an offshore refinery for final chemical processing into high-value rare earth products, which are currently in high demand for electrical products across the world.

Arafura Northern Territory general manager Brian Fowler said the major project status was an important miles... More →
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Northern Minerals flagship project is the Browns Range project in Western Australia and has a number of deposits and prospects containing high-value dysprosium and other HREs, hosted in xenotime mineralisation. Dysprosium is an essential ingredient in the production of NdFeB (neodymium iron-boron) magnets used in clean energy and high technology solutions. The project xenotime mineralization facilitates the use of a relatively simple and cost-effective processing flowsheet to produce a high-grade dysprosium rich-mixed rare earth oxide.

Northern claims that one of the key features of... More →
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Innovation Metals Corp., a private Canadian company and the developer of the patent-pending RapidSX process, announced today the successful completion of a demonstration program to produce commercial-grade Pr-Nd oxide, using feedstock from the Minera Serra Verde deposit in Goias State, Brazil. IMC proprietary RapidSX solvent-extraction process was developed for the low-cost separation of rare-earth elements, nickel, cobalt and other technology metals.

Pr-Nd oxide is in increasing demand for the production of high-performance permanent magnets, used in a wide variety of industrial, ... More →
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