Rodeo – Round-up of Latin American Mining – Part 2

It seems a good moment to review what has transpired, what has changed and what might happen when financing improves.. This we shall do here on a country by country basis with Part 1 covering Argentina to Colombia. Part 2 covers Ecuador to Venezuela. Ecuador – Viva la Banana Unfortunately for miners this quintessential banana republic discovered oil and thus felt it did not need to get “down and dirty” with developing a mining industry. Unfortunately the government also failed to notice that the oil industry hardly makes any jobs and…

USRE targets billion dollar electronics industry with its europium rich deposit at Lemhi Pass

Rare earths recycling is one of the most often proposed solution to China’s monopoly, given the exorbitant OPEX and CAPEX costs faced by the newly emerging rare earths miners (on average at least USD$ 1.5 billion). A mobile phone alone can contain several rare earths and similar metals such as yttrium. Used and discarded mobile phones alone can yield significant quantities of rare earths as well as other metals. Yet, recycling rare earths is a difficult proposition. The rare earths in electronic equipment like smartphones use small concentrations, which can get…

Russia returns to the global REE scene with new processing technology

Scientists at Russia’s Ural Federal University have developed a method to extract rare earths from uranium mines. The new technology will be tested over the next three years as researchers believe that it could reduce the demand for rare earth imports in Russia by a third. The new process can be applied to most uranium mining operations and could, by extension, be applied worldwide. The newly developed method involves the injection of sulfuric acid into the soil, which dissolves uranium and rare earth metals. The revolutionary thing about this process is…

Epstein InvestorIntel Interview: George Bauk, Northern Minerals

The following interview of Managing Director and CEO George Bauk of Northern Minerals was conducted by phone and email on October 18-19. Please describe Northern Minerals to readers less familiar with your company. Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU), listed on the ASX in 2006, is focussed on becoming a globally significant producer of the heavy rare earth (HRE), dysprosium. The company has a large landholding in Western Australia and the Northern Territory that is highly prospective for this element. Northern Minerals' 100% owned flagship property is the Browns Range Project. This…

Rodeo – Round-up of Latin American Mining – Part One

Pre-2000, much of LatAm was off-limits to foreign miners and had been (with the exception of sporadic openings (and closings) since the Second World War. As a result much of the mining sector had languished. Some countries, (notably Chile and Peru) had seen nationalization of substantial foreign interests. With the opening of the economies, the ASX miners were first in but largely deserted the fray early on, with only a few stalwarts persevering (mainly in Chile). The rest of the playing field was left to the TSX-listed players and a tiny…

Chinese authority launches new special campaign to fight illegal rare earths

Chinese top authority has vowed to severely punish malpractice in the mining, production and circulation of rare earths, amid fears of the country’s rare earth exports to lose control after implementation of World Trade Organization ruling in the next year. On October 11th, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released on its website a statement titled “Letter of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the General Administration of Customs, the State Administration…

Confidence of Lynas’s financiers to signal a more profitable change for the rare earths sector?

Malaysian Parliament Green Lights LAMP (Lynas Advanced Materials Processing Facility)
Lynas Corp (ASX: LYC) is developing one of the most prolific rare earth resources in the world at its Mount Weld property in Western Australia reported a 24%, year to year, sales increase in September for the First Quarter, as its Malaysian plant has finally reached full capacity. Moreover, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) granted Lynas a Full Operating State License (FOSL) to operate its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan after the Temporary Operating License (TOL) issued in 2012 expired Tuesday. This is a very important victory for…

Largo Resources performing strong against market tide and ahead of expectations

October 17, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Mark Brennan, CEO and president for Largo Resources (‘Largo’, TSXV: LGO) about the start of operations at the Maracas vanadium property (‘Maracas’) in Brazil. “We're very excited. Production is now starting to ramp up and this is the most exciting phase for the company,” says Mark, who expects production volumes to grow significantly over the next few months. Maracas is now running at 40% of its capacity but Mark expects to beat his own optimistic schedule by reaching…

Arafura Resources – Not Forgotten & Definitely Not Gone

As Mark Antony notes in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, While the Rare Earth space can look like carnage from a certain angle, anyway you look at the stock price of Arafura there has been a severe fall from grace when it was amongst those stock with the most substantial market caps in the sub-sector. The chart below shows the dire long term evolution of the stock…

The Rare Earth Market Evolves

This is the End, My Only Friend, the End…. In 2010 and 2011, I wrote that it seemed to me that the obvious success stories in the rare earth space, aside from such financed projects as Molycorp and Lynas, would be the “cheap and cheerful” projects. By this, I meant projects like those belonging to Ucore Rare Metals (TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF) and Matamec Exploration (TSXV: MAT) and Great Western Minerals Group (TSXV: GWG). These projects that could be completed for less than $400 million dollars and on a reasonably…

Stans Energy can use the new geopolitical order in its quest for justice

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Stans Energy Corp. (TSXV: HRE | OTCQX: HREEF) announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued an order prohibiting the Kyrgyz Republic and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC  “from selling, disposing, exchanging, assigning, transferring, pledging or encumbering 47,000,000 shares  in the capital of Centerra Gold Inc. (which is operating the Kumtor Gold Mine near Bishkek). Stans obtained the order as part of its efforts to enforce an international arbitration award issued by the Arbitration Court at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce & Industry against Kyrgyz Republic for US$118,206,058.04. The Kyrgyz Republic has…

Market Movers of the Week: Stria Lithium +16.67%, Energizer Resources +11.11% & Mason Graphite +10.71%

Did you catch the news Theralase Technologies Inc. put out last week about their partnership with SAFC in the manufacturing of anti-cancer drugs? Allow me to congratulate them for their ongoing efforts towards the elimination of pain, reduction of inflammation and dramatic acceleration of tissue healing in our planet as they averaged up the InvestorIntel biotech members to +0.45% for the week -- TSXV: TLT up +1.82%. Speaking of pain, I listened to CNN describe the market as “tanking" all morning long and would like to respectfully request that the media utilize less artillery driven descriptives…

Epstein InvestorIntel CEO Interview: Mark Brennan, Largo Resources

The following Exclusive interview of CEO and President Mark Brennan of Largo Resources was conducted by phone and email on October 8-9. Please describe Largo Resources to readers less familiar with your story. Largo Resources (TSXV: LGO) is a growing strategic mineral company with projects in Brazil and Canada. The immediate goal of the Company is to ramp-up production at its Maracás Menchen Mine in Brazil. This globally significant project is already operating at approximately 40% of phase 1 design capacity of 9,600 tonnes of vanadium per year. Our Maracás Menchen…

Mackowski on the race to rare earth production

October 10, 2014 --- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to Steve Mackowski, Senior Consultant of PDCA Management Services Pty Ltd about his expertise in rare earths oxides (REO) extraction processes and the keys to success in the rare earths industry. Steve has written a series of columns on these topics for InvestorIntel, which have enjoyed immense success with readers. Steve has worked many years in the rare earths sector and he admits to having noted a great deal of confusion in the market if not, even, a great…
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China’s grip on rare earths supply loosens as more overseas mines start

October 23, 2014 (Source: South China Morning Post) -- The mainland's share of global rare earths supply could fall to as low as 65 per cent next year from 90 per cent in 2011 as more overseas projects come on stream and domestic illegal mining is tackled, according to state-owned China Minmetals. Beijing has come under fire over recent years…

NioCorp Announces Terms of Its Special Warrant Financing

October 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE U.S. NEWSWIRE OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce the terms of its previously announced private placement of special warrants (the "Special Warrants") for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $16.5 million (the "Offering"). The Offering is…

Rare earth nanocrystals and infrared light can reveal small cancerous tumors and cardiovascular lesions

October 21, 2014 (Source: Medical Xpress) -- A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. The potentially lifesaving technique uses nanotechnology to reveal small cancerous tumors and cardiovascular lesions deep inside the body. It is showing promise…

Star Minerals Group Ltd. Corporate Update

October 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Star Minerals Group Ltd. (CSE:SUV) ("Star") announces further to the news release dated August 6, 2014, an update on the operations of its Casey - Snider placer gold project. As at October 10th, 2014, Star has produced and sold 97oz of gold at the Casey-Snider operation through its wholly owned US subsidiary, Star Minerals Group…

Stria Validates Its Pontax Lithium Mineralization as Feedstock for a Novel, Low-Cost, Environmentally Sustainable Chlorination-based Pilot Plant Process

October 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Stria Lithium Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRA) ("Stria" or the "Company") is pleased to report the completion of a dense media separation study ("DMS") demonstrating the mineralogical quality of spodumene mineralization from its wholly-owned Pontax Lithium Project in the James Bay Region of Northern Quebec. The mineralization will be used to feed Stria's pilot plant using novel…

IAEA: Lynas facility generates low radioactive waste

October 17, 2014 (Source: Yahoo News) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts have concluded that the Lynas rare earth processing facility near Kuantan generates very low level radioactive waste. The conclusion was made by the IAEA expert team following a follow-up mission to conduct an independent review of radiation safety at the rare earth processing facility. "The radiological…

Ucore’s McKenzie to Deliver Presentation to Rare Earths Conference in Singapore as Highlight of Fall 2014 Marketplace Schedule

October 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc (TSX VENTURE:UCU) (OTCQX:UURAF) (FRANKFURT:U9U) ("Ucore" or "the Company") is pleased to update investors on marketplace activities for the fall of 2014. On November 12, 2014, Jim McKenzie, President and CEO of Ucore will deliver a presentation to the 10th International Rare Earths Conference in Singapore, entitled 'Nanotechnology and Rare Earths Separation'.…

Aben Resources Reports High Grade Tungsten Results at Justin Gold-Tungsten Project, Southeast Yukon

October 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Aben Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ABN)(PINKSHEETS:ABNAF)(FRANKFURT:E2L) is pleased to announce the re-assay results of previous drill holes for Tungsten (W) at its 100% owned 18,314 acre Justin gold-tungsten project. The project area is located in southeast Yukon within the Tintina Gold Belt approximately 35 kilometers southwest of the Cantung Mine and is accessed by an all-season…

MDN Identifies Three Large Exploration Targets on Samaqua

October 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- MDN Inc. (TSX:MDN) (the "Company") is pleased to report that it has identified multiple exploration targets on its wholly-owned Samaqua property north of Girardville in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada. The Company announced the start of an exploration program on the property on August 19, 2014. The three targets identified consist of: A circular…

Ucore Issues RFP for Bankable Feasibility Study

October 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc (TSX VENTURE:UCU) (OTCQX:UURAF) (FRANKFURT:U9U) ("Ucore" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to engage a consulting firm to prepare a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for the Company's Bokan - Dotson Ridge ("Bokan") heavy rare earth deposit in Southeast Alaska. The preparation of the…

Largo Resources Announces Share Consolidation

October 15, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:LGO) ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the TSX Venture Exchange has approved a consolidation of its common shares (the "Common Shares") on a 10 for 1 basis.  The consolidation…

Lynas Rare Earths Revenue Jumps as Output Grows

October 15, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Lynas Corp, one of two rare earths producers outside China, reported a 24 percent rise in revenue in the September quarter from the previous quarter as the first stage of its Malaysian plant finally moves toward full capacity. Lynas' progress is being closely watched as it tries to attract institutions to invest in its battered…
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