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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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Rare Earths are not found as free metals in the earth crust, rather within an agglomeration of Rare Earth elements that need to be separated for their individual or combined commercial use. Despite their name, Rare Earths are relatively abundant in the earths crust, however, they are often of low quality and rarely presented in economic concentration without beneficiation. China currently supplies approximately 95 per cent of the global Rare Earths market. More than 70 per cent of the supply of light Rare Earths are supplied from one mine in China. Mt Weld, with its very high grade contains li... More →
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Randy Scott says that the processing, particularly the separation side of things, is very competitive. He has been spending a lot of time and a lot of money trying to look at adding value to their concentrates, which he thinks he has done nicely with the pure concentrate they are producing, but because of that they wanted to look at going up the value chain and further separating the products. They have test work underway now for a couple of three months to try to evaluate how their concentrates would perform if they were to develop technology to further separate them.

From a separa... More →
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The Rare Earth Elements (REE) are a group of seventeen metallic elements. Their use in high-tech applications such as plasma screens, electronics, medical imaging and low carbon technologies including wind turbines and hybrid vehicles has led global demand to increase by more than 50 per cent in the last decade, and this is expected to rise further.
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A briefing note by the Geological Society of London (GSL), December 2011. The GSL has produced this briefing on these vital mineral resources to inform debate among scientists, policy-makers, potential investors and other industry players.

The rare earth elements (REE) have a wide variety of uses and applications, from LCD and plasma screens to jet engines and medical tracers. An increasingly important area of their use is in the production of low-carbon technologies such as wind turbines, electric traction motors and hybrid vehicles. As a result, demand for REE has increased by mo... More →
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Rare earth elements are a group of 17 chemical elements that occur together in the periodic table. The group consists of yttrium, scandium, and 15 lanthanide elements (lanthanum, cerium, thulium, ytterbium, praseodymium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, holmium, erbium, and lutetium). The 17 rare earth elements are found in all rare earth elements deposits. However, their distribution and concentration varies.

Rare earth elements are broadly classified into two categories ... light rare earth elements and heavy rare earth elements.These ha... More →
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The rare earth market outlook for 2016 is not looking much better than 2015. Hykawy has argued that the issue is with a lack of demand for legally produced quantities of rare earths, since a lack of secure supply for the metals has led to avoiding using them altogether. He concludes, based on conversations with management groups and with RandD teams, that the issue is many companies, especially in the western world, have decided that they simply do not want to take the risk of including rare earths in their supply chains, he explained. Separately, he stated, he was hopeful about the markets mo... More →
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The rare earth metals market report by Transparency Market Research provides a comprehensive analysis of the rare earth metals industry in the context of the global market. This study analyzes and interprets key market dynamics for rare earth metals including drivers, restraints, and opportunities. This report segments the market on regional, product and application level as well as provides the estimates and forecasts for each sub segment. The study provides in-depth analysis of rare earth metals market from demand perspective, along with market estimates and forecast from 2012 to 2018, in te... More →
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In a recent market research study about the global market for rare earth metals, Transparency Market Research (TMR) states that the market will tread along an impressive growth path over the period between 2012 and 2018 and expand at a 13.0% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). If the growth figures hold true, the market, which had a valuation of US$3.9 billion in 2012, will reach US$8.2 billion by 2018. In terms of volume, the market is expected to rise to a valuation of 290 kilotons by 2018.

Rare earth metals are used on a large scale in everyday devices such as DVDs, automotive ca... More →
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The global rare earth metal market is evincing intense interest from various market players because of its growth prospects with a rise in production capacities across the world as governments try to secure and leverage these scarce resources. This expansion in the supplier base will drastically change the supplier landscape and is expected to lead to a softening of prices going forward.

Complete report on rare earth metals market spread across 99 pages, analyzing 5 major companies and providing 43 data exhibits is now available at..

http://www.reportsnreports.com/report... More →
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