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Ukraine crisis pushing Russia to form rare earths alliance with China

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In 1986, Deng Xiaoping, launched the "863 program", aimed to gain control of the rare earths market in the sector saying: "The Arab countries have oil, China has rare earths." The 15 "rare elements" along with yttrium, scandium (‘15+2’), have the characteristic of retaining a strong magnetic property, resistant even at high temperatures. They are essential for the production of hard drives, satellites, lasers, digital cameras, wind turbines, fluorescent lights, electric motors, hybrid, mobile phones, guided projectiles, new generation radar and many other items that are of special military interest. In…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 5

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As we approach the end of this series, I will recap on the Success Factors discussion. This is important as from the questions I have received the Kepner-Tregoe Decision Analysis tool and its modified / expanded use requires a little more explanation to show where the Success Factor argument takes us. I will, as an example, use the purchasing of a motor vehicle as the decision to be made. When you select a motor vehicle, you select on the basis of your MUST and WANT attributes. The vehicle MUST be an…

Lifton’s rare earth market update: China is NOT standing still.

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China’s semi-official China Daily, which is an English language version for foreigners of the Chinese People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, ran an article on Saturday, September 13, which read in part: “The 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) for the petroleum and petrochemical industry will focus on eliminating obsolete capacity and raising coal chemical output, officials said on Friday. Excess capacity will be the sector's biggest challenge during the next five years, Gu Zongqin, head of the China National Petroleum and Chemical Planning Institute, said during the 2014…

IntelRadio’s Ellis Martin with David Vinokurov on Stans Energy’s Skolkovo Government Grant Program Approval

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The following is an IntelRadio news report hosted by Ellis Martin with David Vinokurov of Stans Energy Corp. and is a special feature of InvestorIntel. Ellis Martin: Today, I am speaking with David Vinokurov, Vice President of Corporate Development for Stans Energy Corp. trading on the TSX Venture Exchange as HRE and in the US on the OTCQX as HREEF. Stans Energy is a resource development company focused on producing heavy rare earth properties in areas of the former Soviet Union. David, welcome to the program. David Vinokurov: Pleasure to be here. Pleasure to be speaking with…

U.S. Rare Earths approved to start rare earths production immediately!

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As of today, U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. (‘USRE’, OTCBB: UREE ) can start mining and producing rare earths at its Last Chance Project in the Lemhi Pass region of Idaho and Montana. USRE announced that it has received approval to re-open its historic tunnel work, speeding up the production process by at least three years, which is literally at least two years ahead of the closest competitor. USRE had expected to start processing by 2017 but thanks to the permission to revisit the existing adits (extending underground more than 400 meters, which…

Mackowski: The Molycorp Position

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Yesterday, Molycorp Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) announced the successful close of its previously announced $400 million financing arrangement with certain investment vehicles affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L. P. (collectively “Oaktree”). Under the arrangement, Oaktree will provide Molycorp and certain of the Company’s subsidiaries with up to $400 million in secured financing through credit facilities and the sale and leaseback of certain equipment at the Company’s Mountain Pass facility (the “Financing”). $250 million of the Financings has now been funded, with the remaining $150 million available until April…

Considerable increase in Chinese rare earth exports to Japan and the U.S.A. this year

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China's rare earth exports grew 30.79% month-over-month in August, while the export volume of rare earths increased 554 tons to 2,353 tons with export value of US$ 31.74 million, said the country's General Administration of Customs on Monday. From January to August this year, China’s rare earth exports totaled 18,252 tons, accounting for nearly 60% of its full-year export quota of 31,000 tons, while the export value of rare earth ore, metals and mixtures dropped 7.9% year on year to US$283.852 million in the eight-month period. Some of the Chinese rare earth producers…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 4

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In the previous three articles, “Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, I introduced and discussed what I consider to be the first two KEY success factors for the development of a rare earth project; mineralogy and the newly defined “basket price”. As a quick summary, I see mineralogy as being the key success factor due to its huge influence on the flow sheet and the resultant capital cost (CAPEX) and operating costs (OPEX) of the processing plant. It is made more so by…

Texas Rare Earth Resources targets lower than $100 Million CAPEX at Round Top Heavy Rare Earths project

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Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (‘TRER’, OTCQX: TRER) has updated its operational strategy earlier this week in order to reduce operational costs, potentially lowering the initial CAPEX for the Round Top heavy rare earth project to USD$ 60-90 Million. The improved project economics rely on shifting the focus on the production of “a selected group of separated REE products in the range of 350-450 tonnes/year,” based on a mining rate of 2,500-3,500 tons of ore/day. The remaining rare earth elements that will not be separated immediately, according to the scalability based…

Jack Lifton One-on-One with Ian Chalmers of Alkane Resources

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September 8, 2014 -- In a new InvestorIntel weekly special, Jack Lifton interviews Ian Chalmers of Alkane Resources in episode 1 of One-on-One. The following is minute one of their conversation transcribed for your review. To access the complete interview, click here. Jack Lifton: I'm always amazed by when I hear about things. People ask me why I don't include Alkane on any of my lists because I just assume you're a genuine polymetallic producer and since you're not dependent on rare earths, I don't want to include you on a…

InvestorIntelReport: M&A season starts as it’s ‘back-to-school’ for the bankers

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Working on a piece for InvestorIntel inspired by the “silent ones” with an eye towards the increasing M&A movement in the equities market that we are witnessing. As many of us know, sometimes our best efforts in life do not come easy – and it seems that this InvestorIntelReport today may make this point simply through the member updates listed below. InvestorIntelReport was placed on hiatus this summer due to business development, as we have been working on expanding some of the unique attributes of our content and business model in preparation for Fall. All…

Epstein interviews Ian Chalmers of Alkane Resources

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The following interview of Managing Director Ian Chalmers of Alkane Resources (ASX:ALK | OTCQX: ANLKY) was conducted by phone and email on August 29th-Sept 1st, (EST) Alkane is a gold producer that has a very significant and advanced, world-classs Rare Earth Elements "REEs" project that includes zirconium and niobium. The company has two strategic partnerships and is negotiating a host of corporate initiatives. Can you describe Alkane's DZP project? How significant a project is it in the world? Located 400km northwest of Sydney within a region that has substantial infrastructure –…

Reed Resources targeting hard rock lithium extraction: powered by battery market

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ASX-listed Reed Resources Ltd is advancing the RIM lithium hydroxide (LiOH) project in Western Australia, comprising the Mt Marion mine and lithium production plant, which holds a 20,000 tpa LiOH capacity. Through its mission for the development of a vertically integrated business, the company is targeting the lithium ion (Li-ion) battery industry aiming to service electric vehicles and renewable energy storage solutions. Because of its importance in lithium ion batteries, lithium is the most ergonomic of all metals:  Without lithium cell phones would be the size of steel-toe boots, electric vehicles…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 3

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In the previous two articles, “Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 1 and Part 2, I discussed what I consider to be the KEY success factor for the development of a rare earth project; mineralogy. As a quick summary, I see mineralogy as being the key due to its huge influence on the flow sheet and the resultant capital cost (CAPEX) and operating costs (OPEX) of the processing plant. It is made more so by “todays” difficulty of obtaining the funding of that CAPEX that forces me to make…
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Rare Earth Startup in Sierra Blanca Scaled Down to Cut Costs

September 15, 2014 (Source: Elpaso Times) -- A fledgling Sierra Blanca company, with hopes to mine billions of dollars worth of rare earth minerals from a mountain near the West Texas town, is trying to raise $1.6 million from a proposed stock market offering to further fund metallurgical studies for the project, Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., officials said during a…

Stans Energy Responds to Kyrgyz Media Report

September 15, 2014 (Source: Businesswire) -- Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”), wishes to respond to comments issued in Kyrgyz media and attributed to government representatives of the Kyrgyz Republic. Recently, Head of the Department of Fuel and Energy Complex and Subsoil Use, Turatbek Dzhunushaliev issued comments to media in Kyrgyzstan relating to the Company’s licence…

GXM Second Phase West Gore Rubble Samples Assay Up to 27.1% Antimony and 72.5 G/T Gold. Update on Near-Term Work Program

September 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM)(FRANKFURT:G2W), (the "Company" or "Geodex") is pleased to announce that it has received antimony, gold and silver assays for additional rock grab samples collected at the West Gore Antimony - Gold Project. Assays confirm significant antimony and gold content for multiple samples with assays up to 27.1% Sb and 72.5 g/t…

IBC Advanced Alloys Delivers First UAS Components for Analysis

September 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IB)(OTCQX:IAALF) has successfully delivered several unmanned aerial system (UAS) demonstration articles manufactured using IBC's proprietary Beralcast® technology. The components were delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense's Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) as a part of a program that evolved from a 2011 development and technical services agreement between IBC,…

Commerce Resources Corp. Appoints New President

September 15, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H) (the "Company" or "Commerce") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Christopher Grove to the position of President of the Company.  Mr. Grove previously served with the Company in the role of Corporate Development as well as Director.  Mr. David Hodge, former President, will continue as…

U.S. Rare Earths Last Chance Mine to be First in the US Since the 1960s to Provide Underground Mined Rare Earth Deposit Material

September 12, 2014 (Source: U.S. Rare Earths Inc) -- Highlights: -- Company has received approval to re-open its historic tunnel work (adit), accelerating mining and development efforts by at least an estimated 3 years -- Cost savings estimated to be approximately $6 million CAPEX to the project -- Material handling of 2,500 tons of metallurgical sampling approved to be removed…

Molycorp Announces Successful Closing of $400 Million Financing Arrangement

September 11, 2014 (Source: GlobeNewswire) -- Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE:MCP) ("Molycorp" or the "Company") today announced the successful close of its previously announced $400 million financing arrangement with certain investment vehicles affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (collectively, "Oaktree"). Under the arrangement, Oaktree will provide Molycorp and certain of the Company's subsidiaries with up to $400 million in secured financing through credit…

Molycorp Announces Successful Closing of $400 Million Financing Arrangement (NYSE: MCP) ($MCP)

September 11, 2014 (Source: Molycorp) -- Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) ("Molycorp" or the "Company") today announced the successful close of its previously announced $400 million financing arrangement with certain investment vehicles affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (collectively, "Oaktree").  Under the arrangement, Oaktree will provide Molycorp and certain of the Company's subsidiaries with up to $400 million in secured financing through credit…

Pele Mountain Acquires Key Mining Lease in Elliot Lake

September 11, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Pele Mountain Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GEM)(OTCQX:GOLDF) ("Pele" or the "Company") announced today that it has acquired a key mining lease (the "Mining Lease") for the mining rights on certain lands (the "Leased Lands") below small lakes located within the boundaries of Pele's Eco Ridge Mine Project ("Eco Ridge") in Elliot Lake, Ontario. In conjunction with…

Fairmont Completes Access Road To Buttercup Project

September 11, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Fairmont Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMR) (PINKSHEETS:FRSSF) (FRANKFURT:F0O1) ("Fairmont") is pleased to announce that it has completed a nearly 800m access road from the well maintained secondary logging road to the Buttercup Project. This project was supervised by Magnor Exploration Inc., of La Baie, Quebec, a local firm that supports the exploration and mining industry. The…

Pierre Lortie Appointed Chairman of Quest Rare Minerals

September 11, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM)(NYSE MKT:QRM) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Pierre Lortie as Chairman of the Board. The appointment of Pierre Lortie follows the resignation of Robert L. Leclerc as Chairman of the Board and as a director of Quest, for personal reasons. Mr. Leclerc served as Quest's…

Geomega Resources Inc.: Annual Meeting Corporate Update

September 10, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geomega Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GMA) Highlights of this news release: Positive conclusion on the novelty, inventive activity and industrial application of the separation process by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office 23 claims out of 25 deemed patentable Final series of metallurgical tests for the PEA underway New gold discovery on Anik Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA"…

NioCorp Drilling Continues to Return High-Grade Niobium Assays

September 10, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB) (OTCQX:NIOBF) (FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce receipt of additional assays from the ongoing drilling and advancement operations at Elk Creek, Nebraska. Drillholes NEC14-011 and NEC14-012, two of six drillholes comprising the Phase II drilling program at the project site, have been completed. These drillholes define a…

Stans Energy Corp.: IIROC Trading Resumption

September 9, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Trading resumes in: Company: Stans Energy Corp. TSX-Venture Symbol: HRE Resumption: 14:15 ET IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to ensure a fair and orderly market. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers…

Stans Energy Approved As Participant in Skolkovo Government Grant Program

September 9, 2014 (Source: BusinessWire) -- Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its recently incorporated subsidiary DIDIM Inc. (“DIDIM”), is an approved resident company of the Skolkovo Foundation. Through the Skolkovo Foundation, Stans is now able to apply for government grants of up to 100 million RUB (approx. US$2.85 million) for…

Stans Energy Corp.: IIROC Trading Halt

September 9, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: STANS ENERGY CORP TSX-Venture Symbol: HRE Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET): 9:04 AM ET IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to…

Rare Earth Salts Completes Research and Development Phase with Filing of Additional Patent; Prepares for Pilot Plant

September 9, 2014 (Source: PRNewswire) -- Rare Earth Salts ("RES" or the "Company"), a leading mineral and applications technology company, today announced the filing of a new provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The application covers modifications and additions to RES' patent pending process for the extraction, concentration, separation, and refining of all rare earth…

Geodex CEO Gives Strategic Update

September 9, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM)(FRANKFURT:G2W) ("Geodex") is pleased to give an update on its strategic view for the direction for the company over the coming year. As we have previously indicated, Geodex is in the process of repositioning from a company focused upon a geographical area (i.e. New Brunswick) to one oriented towards attractive specialty…

Texas Rare Earth Resources Announces September 15th Live Roadshow Presentation

September 9, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, announced today details in relation to its previously live roadshow presentation on September 15th in downtown El Paso, Texas. The presentation will be webcast and dial-in numbers provided for those not able to attend in person but will not be…

Rare Element Resources Joins the Critical Materials Institute – A Department of Energy Initiative to Help Ensure a Secure Rare Earth Supply for Evolving Clean Energy Technologies

September 8, 2014 (Source: BusinessWire) -- Rare Element Resources Ltd. (the “Company”)(NYSE MKT: REE and TSX: RES), a mineral resource company advancing development of the Bear Lodge Critical Rare Earth Project (the “Project”) located in northeast Wyoming, is pleased to announce that it has joined the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) as an affiliate member. CMI is a major initiative of the…

Great Western Minerals Broadens Toll Options for REE Separation Services

September 8, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. ("GWMG" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: GWG) (OTCQX: GWMGF), a leader in the manufacture and supply of rare earth element-based metal alloys and holder of a low cost, high-grade critical rare earth element mineral property in the Western Cape province of South Africa ("Steenkampskraal" or "SKK"), announced that it allowed…

Fairmont Announces Closing of Oversubscribed Private Placement for $450,000

September 8, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Fairmont Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMR) (PINKSHEETS:FRSSF) (FRANKFURT:F0O1) ("Fairmont") is pleased to announce that it closed a private placement of 3,000,000 units (the "Units") at $0.15 per Unit for gross proceeds of $450,000 in (the "Private Placement"). This represents an increase in the amount originally announced by Fairmont in its news release dated August 22, 2014…

Medallion Resources Announce Extension of MOUs

September 8, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Medallion Resources Ltd (TSX VENTURE:MDL)(OTCQB:MLLOF)(FRANKFURT:MRD) ("Medallion" or the "Company") today announced that it has once again completed extensions of the existing Memorandums of Understanding (the "MOUs") with Oman-based Takamul Investment Company ("Takamul") and Jordan-based Arab Mining Company ("Arab Mining"). The MOUs commit the partners to investigating the viability of financing, constructing and operating a monazite-based,…

Texas Rare Earth Resources Developing Lower Volume Staged Growth Approach to Round Top Heavy Rare Earth (HREE) Project

September 8, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) Targeted Initial Project CAPEX Potentially Reduced to $60-90 Million Targeted Initial Potential HREE Output of 350-450 Tonnes per Year Scalable Project Would Seek to Increase Production Consistent With Market Demand Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, announced today…
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