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Medallion Resources is focused on the opportunity for low-cost, near-term, rare-earth production by exploiting the mineral monazite. Monazite is a rare-earth phosphate that is available as a by-product from existing mining and mineral-sands sources, principally in the Indian Ocean basin. Rare earths are used in critical components for virtually all computing and mobile electronic products, as well as wind turbines, electric and hybrid vehicles, and strategic defense systems. Medallion is committed to following best practices and accepted international standards in all aspects of mineral proces... 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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Medallion Resources Ltd. has received positive feedback from reputable rare-earth processing companies regarding its mixed rare-earth concentrate product samples. As of October 26, 2015, sample product and specification sheets were provided to interested parties under confidentiality agreements. Based on those responses, it is clear that this concentrate product, once capable of being produced in commercial quantities, is suitable for input into standard commercial rare-earth refineries or separation plants.

This is a welcome and expected response as well as validation of the Medall... More →
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Medallion Resources has produced a calcium phosphate by-product through the recent bench-scale metallurgical testing of its rare-earth extraction process. The company said phosphate typically makes up 24% to 29% of the mineral monazite, which is the feedstock for its rare-earth extraction process.

Once in production, the by-product is expected to represent an additional revenue stream for Medallion. Medallion Resources President & CEO Don Lay said that their rare-earth extraction flow sheet makes available the phosphate component of the monazite feedstock as they produce a refin... More →
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Dr. Reed M. Izatt opines that the military of 2016 differs in significant ways from that of a century ago. Weapons based on hydraulic and mechanical principles dominated the scene through much of the 20th century. The electronic-based weaponry of today is particularly impressive for its advanced capabilities. What is very well understood by the military, but less so by the average citizen, is that modern electronics-based weaponry depends on rare earth metals for its function.

Without such resources, including selected rare earth metals, much of this weaponry could not be manufactu... More →
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Greg Klein reports that as Molycorp bankruptcy leaves Lynas Corp the sole producer outside China, Core Consultants reportedly told Mining Indaba-16 to expect more rare earth project closures. But it is against this background of lower prices and higher supply that Commerce Resources continues to raise money and move its Ashram deposit in northern Quebec towards pre-feasibility. Clearly something distinguishes this project, which president Chris Grove is determined to develop into a low-cost producer competitive with China. That has potential customers interested.

Metallurgical succe... More →
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Greg Klein reports that Canadian mining groups welcomed a number of industry stimulants in the federal budget tabled recently, among them a 23-million dollar, five-year allocation to unlock rare earths and chromium production in Canada. The money, channeled through Natural Resource Canada, would address the technical challenges of separating and processing rare earth elements for use in advanced manufacturing applications and products, said a statement from Finance Minister Joe Oliver. Funding will also support the development of efficient and green processing technologies to reduce the enviro... 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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Shane Lasley asks what does Molycorp Inc. bankruptcy have to do with the price of rare earths in China? Some analysts say everything, while other experts in the field point to other weaknesses as the root cause of the American REE mine undoing.

When China put a choke hold on its exports of rare earth elements in 2010, Molycorp was already well on its way to seizing the opportunity to reopen the Mountain Pass Mine in California, an operation hailed for its ability to re-establish an American supply of these coveted high-technology minerals. As a result of this move to be a major non-... More →
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Charlotte McLeod reports that once touted as the U.S. answer to the Chinese monopoly on the rare earths market, Molycorp is the only U.S.-based rare-earths producer. It has announced that it and its North American subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

She goes on about how those investors who have been following Molycorp in the last couple of months no doubt saw the writing on the wall. Indeed, the company Q1 results, released at the beginning of May, painted a dire picture, showing that Molycorp had not yet achieved breakeven cash flow from operations, ha... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that in the latest Molycorp news, a number of bidders have reportedly emerged for the company assets, including Australian lithium miner Galaxy Resources. People with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified, told Bloomberg that other bidders include Aluminum Corp. of China (Chalco) and Shenghe Resources, a Chinese rare earths miner and processor. All have reportedly made bids well above the highest appraised value for Molycorp assets (about US$443 million).

That might seem strange to some market watchers, especially following reports that Molyco... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that Molycorp has announced that it will put its Mountain Pass facility in California on care and maintenance. When it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June, Molycorp had stressed that Mountain Pass would continue to operate as normal.

Rare earth pricing, which has declined dramatically over the past four years, was a key factor in the decision to suspend rare earth production at Mountain Pass, the company said in a statement.

Production at Mountain Pass will be suspended no later than October 20. The company plans to continue operating ... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that Molycorp has caused some excitement with the release of the company Q4 production results for its Mountain Pass operation in California. Molycorp reported on Monday that production increased from 1,034 metric tons of rare earth oxide -REO- equivalent in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 1,328 MT for 2014.

Molycorp CEO Geoff Bedford said in a statement released recently that in comparison to the previous quarter of 2014, production at Mountain Pass nearly doubled. For the full year, production was up by over 1,300 MT. He indicated that they were pleased to see ... More →
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Several rare earth mining stocks have declined precipitously by over 50% as momentum-based investors who were focused on rare earth element prices have left the space and short interest has increased. Since our rare earth investment thesis has been based solely on fundamentals and not on sentiment or technical analysis, we have spent the last three months conducting an in-depth review of the sector in order to test our thesis and determine whether this is again, a buying opportunity. As detailed in the following pages, the fundamental investment thesis on Molycorp is significantly stronger t... More →
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The State Government is set to begin accepting applications for uranium mining in Queensland, promising the substance will be exported via existing ports in Darwin and South Australia and only to nations that have a bilateral safeguard arrangement with Australia and only for peaceful purposes. It has also announced plans to open the abandoned Mary Kathleen Mine, shut since 1982, for competitive tender, saying the move will unlock significant deposits of rare earth elements. It comes as the Newman Government releases its uranium mining framework and calls for applications to mine the substance ... More →
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Industry officials at the 7th China Baotou Rare Earth Industry Forum said last week that 90% of China rare earth mining companies are incurring losses as rare earth prices continue to fall as a result of overcapacity and illegal mining. Chen Zhanheng, deputy secretary general of the Association of China Rare Earth Industry, told China Daily, that most rare earths companies have been consistently losing money, with many facing possible bankruptcy this year. Chen added that many companies rushed into rare earth mining and production when the market was good, producing much more products than wer... 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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Alan K. Burnham and Jeremy Boak presented at the 35th Oil Shale Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, October 5-6, 2015

Conclusion - Green River oil shale is not a viable source for Rare Earth Elements -
1. The maximum concentrations of REE in the Green River Formation are approximately crustal abundance.
2. The distribution among the elements reflects very large-scale averaging through sediment recycling.
3. The highest REE concentrations are associated with very lean strata.
4. REE concentrations correlate strongly with other elements associated with clay minerals.More →
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Tracy Weslosky reports that Peak Resources Ltd. announced their recent closing of their bankable feasibility study financing for US$29.5 Million with the Appian Fund and IFC. In this interview, they discuss the cost advantages of Peak concentrate grades and the impact on their metallurgy processes. With the Peak Ngualla Rare Earth Project in Tanzania as their focus, the cost of production of the magnetic materials neodymium and praseodymium is anticipated to make them competitive with Chinese projects.

The IFC invests in a lot of different developing economies and certainly Tanzani... More →
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Northern Minerals Limited advises ASX that it has secured 100% ownership of the John Galt Project in northern Western Australia. In 2010, following a successful due diligence process, Northern Minerals signed an agreement with the tenement holder, Arnhem Resources, for the right to acquire 100% of the Project within a four-year period. The Project, a strategic part of Northern Minerals asset base, has now been fully acquired following promising exploration results, and completion of a number of the commitments under the previously announced Agreement including a combination of cash payments an... More →
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Paul Zink indicates that the Chinese government has started to stockpile rare earths again and that there is a lot of pressure building for higher prices. The big six Chinese firms that have been designated to consolidate the industry there have reported pretty poor financial results and continue to face an escalating cost structure - their environmental costs are going up. Their labor costs are going up. They are mining lower grades. One industry watcher has suggested that that prices need to be 20 percent higher just so the Chinese can handle the new environmental rules alone.

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Robin Bromby reports that in these days of subdued rare earth prices, scant investor interest in the sector, and the need to do something to attract market attention, strategy is a key requirement. Peak Resources has already signaled it is prioritizing toward concentrating on the REE that are used in magnets.

Today the company has refined that strategy. Magnet metals are in the planned mix, cerium not so much. The company has found a way to reduce the amount of cerium being produced in its treatment plant, a technology that will be watched with interest by the rest of the rare eart... More →
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Pele Mountain Resources Inc. today provided an update regarding the escalating dislocations in the rare earth industry and resulting implications for Pele monazite processing strategy. In 2014, Pele expanded its business model to include the sustainable development of a low-cost, early-to-market, rare earth processing center in Elliot Lake, Ontario, at the site of its Eco Ridge Mine Rare Earth and Uranium Project.

Pele President Al Shefsky stated that after advancing Eco Ridge for several years, he realized more than a year ago that the already difficult capital markets were becomin... More →
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Al Shefsky, President and CEO, Pele Mountain Resources discusses the company joint venture with a major Chinese rare earth player to develop processing facilities in Elliot Lake.
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