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Arafura Development Report reinforces robust project economics, rare earth production scheduled for 2019

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Arafura Resources ('Arafura', ASX: ARU) will start production in 2019 with a 20,000 tons/year target featuring excellent project economics according to the Company’s ‘Development Report for the Nolans Project in the Northern Territory – the Nolans Development Report (NDR). The Report provides an updated picture for the project while serving as the preview to the Definitive Feasibility Study scheduled for completion in mid- to late-2015. The Project’s Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) will: incorporate the results of the ongoing China-based optimization program increase opportunities for the Company, including confirmation of provisional product…

Rare Element Resources delivers “better than expected” Pre-Feasibility Study for its Rare Earth Project

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August 28, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to Randy Scott, President, CEO & Director of Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) about the Company’s Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on the Bear Lodge Project, which was published on August 26.  Randy said that one of the most significant points of the PFS is the initial CAPEX being a low USD$ 290 million. This is a result of two things: planning and good fortune. The plan was always to build a reasonable project that balanced…

Great Western and the Parable of the Headless Milliner

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Back in my Argentine days, I dealt regularly with an Australian, also in Argentina, who was trying to float various schemes over a series of years with zero success. Eventually my business partner’s wife blurted out at a social event a truism in Spanish which had everyone (except the Australian) rolling around laughing. She had said that the guy was so unlucky that if he decided to make hats people would be born without heads…and that pretty much summed him up.. The thought comes to mind with regard to Great Western…

Baotou Steel Rare-earth (Group) Hi-tech’s net profits for the first half of this year plunged 73.52%

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China’s largest rare earths producer Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-earth (Group) Hi-tech (SHSE: 600111) announced on August 25th that its net profit for the first half of this year plunged 73.52% year on year to RMB 278.3 million. The company said its operating revenue of about RMB 2.385 billion in the first six months, down 50.64% from a year ago. The company reported that a total of about RMB 2.287 billion of operating revenue was from rare earth business (includes RMB 1.457 billion of rare earth smelting separation products and RMB…

Rare Element Resources expects to be able to challenge China’s hold on the rare earth market

Rare Element Resources delivers promised improvements in Pre-Feasibility Study -- Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) has integrated the series of improvements at the Bear Lodge Project in Wyoming, promised throughout the past months, in its 2014 Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS), which was published on August 26. Highlights from the PFS include a low initial CAPEX of USD$ 290 million; increased cash flow and a 2.9-year payback from the start of production; a 45-year Project life based on an expanded Measured and Indicated mineral resource with the potential…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 2

In this article, I will continue the discussion on what I consider to be the KEY success factor for the development of a rare earth project; mineralogy. As previously introduced in Part 1, 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 the current difficulty of obtaining the funding of that CAPEX which forces me to make low CAPEX very important, and mineralogy is the key to having…

Niocorp on the path to global niobium leadership

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Niobium is one of fourteen metals or groups of metals that the Council of Europe has identified as critical. The United States National Research Council considers it even more important, listing it as one of the five "most critical" metals. Niobium carries great economic importance, made all the more so by its high level of supply risk. As has been the case for rare earths, niobium is one of the metals needed to produce ‘new technology’ items. It is needed to develop a wide range of super-alloys, which have applications in…

Largo Resources starts production at lowest risk vanadium mine in the world

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Largo Resources (‘Largo’, TSXV: LGO) Largo Resources completed the first production of vanadium pentoxide at the Maracas Vanadium Project – now renamed ‘The Vanadio de Maracas Menchen Mine’ (Maracas for short) in honor of Kurt Menchen, Largo's President of Brazilian Operations.  Largo said it has tested the product at its laboratory, designed to meet all the specifications required in the off-take agreement signed with Glencore. Largo expects that production volumes will increase progressively over the coming months in order to achieve a nominal capacity of 9,600 tons/month in the first phase…

China to close a total of 103,710 tons of rare earth (oxide) capacities

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has ordered local governments to close a total of 103,710 tons of rare earth (oxide) capacities before the end of 2014, according to a public detailed list released by the MIIT on Aug 18th. For Chinese authorities have continued to show its determination to fight the rare earth overproduction crisis and is keen to complete its consolidation plan after it lost the WTO rare earth ruling, thereby to control the total amount of rare earth supply in the country. The Ministry said that…

Paul Zink of Rare Element Resources sees higher rare earth prices on the horizon

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August 20, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Paul Zink, Senior VP and CFO for Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) about the current global rare earth pricing climate and what we should expect in 2014. Paul says 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…

Rare earth ‘grade leader’ Peak Resources’ gains 30% in share price on new beneficiation process

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August 19, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Darren Townsend, Managing Director for Peak Resources Ltd. (‘Peak’, ASX: PEK) about the recently announced beneficiation breakthrough at the Ngualla Project in Tanzania. This, no doubt, contributed to Peak gaining almost 30% in share price in the span of a month.  Darren mentioned the low CAPEX, as outlined in the Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS), which is critical in the current tough financing climate. Peak has been working continuously to bring the CAPEX down as much as possible and…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development (Part I: Funding)

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In my previous series of articles of Rare Earth Oxides (REO) Art vs. Science series, I discussed the issue of separation. How different types of separation requirements can be viewed and understood in a manner suitable for the non-scientific readers of InvestorIntel. From the comments received, I see that the style, format and technology level of my writings met with your approval so I will continue this new series in a similar fashion. At the outset; I want to emphasize that I am not trying to provide investment advice. That is…

WTO’s ruling on the ‘rampant illegal rare earth production’ in China force rapid regulation changes

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As a result of the WTO Appellate Body issued its report on August 7th, while it has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of rare earths, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) responded to this ruling with a statement saying that it regretted the WTO's reaffirmation of its earlier ruling, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The MOFCOM also reportedly vowed to study the decision and adopt measures which are in accordance with the WTO rules in the future. Despite the MOFCOM has not…

Alkane – With the Stamp of Approval from Fidelity

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While there are some mining companies that are chameleon-like and change their colours depending on the mining climate, there are some companies that are multifaceted because it’s just the way their deposits are, good examples being Texas Rare Earths and Alkane. Alkane’s Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP) was around before the REE boom erupted and is still here after the tide has gone out. Part of its longevity is that it is multi-metal in nature with zirconium (hafnium), niobium (tantalum), yttrium and rare earth elements. It also helps that it is one…
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AELB grants full operating licence to Lynas

September 2, 2014 (Source: Malaysia Kini) -- With the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL) issued to the Lynas rare earths plant expiring today, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has agreed to grant the controversial plant a Full Operating State Licence (FOSL).AELB director-general Hamrah Mohd Ali confirmed with Malaysiakini today that the board agreed at a meeting last week to issue a two-year…

NioCorp Adds Vice President, Finance

September 2, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce the appointment of Neal S. Shah to the position of Vice President, Finance. Neal is a graduate of the University of Colorado's Mechanical Engineering program (BSME) and Purdue University's Krannert School of Management (MBA). With nearly 20 years of experience in various industries…

Texas Rare Earth Resources Announces Filing of Registration Statement for Planned Rights Offering

August 29, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Management and Board Members to Host Live Roadshow Presentation on September 15th Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") with respect to a proposed rights offering of non-transferable subscription…

India to Chip in With Five Percent of Global Rare Earth Output

August 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- India is commissioning a plant to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of rare earths a year, a state company official told Reuters, which could help it contribute about 5 percent to the global supply of the metals used in cameras, cars, iPhones and wind turbines. India's emergence as a supplier, albeit a small one, would…

Results from Midland’s First Phase Exploration Program Returns New PGE Showings with Values Up to 12.6 g/t on Its Pallas Project in the Labrador Trough

August 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD) is pleased to provide, in partnership with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation ("JOGMEC") an exploration update on its 2014 field exploration program on the Pallas Platinum Group Elements ("PGE") project in the Labrador Trough ("Trough"). This five weeks exploration program comprised oriented prospecting on aeromagnetic targets and…

Japan to Import Rare Earth from India – Nikkei

August 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Japan and India will next week agree to jointly produce mixed rare earth, with Japan set to start importing from India in 2015 as it tries to wean itself of its reliance on China, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will agree on the…

Nemaska Lithium Patent Applications Published

August 27, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Nemaska Lithium Inc. («Nemaska» or the «Corporation») (TSX VENTURE:NMX) (OTCQX:NMKEF) Nemaska is pleased to announce that two of its core patent applications have been published and have received PCT numbers WO 2013/159194 A1 and WO 2013/177680 A1 respectively. These patents were initially filed in April and May 2012 as U.S. provisional applications. The first patent…

Geodex Minerals Ltd.: Acquisition of Past-Producing Open-Pit Antimony Mine in Spain

August 27, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM)(FRANKFURT:G2W), (the "Company" or "Geodex") is pleased to announce that it has registered the concession of the past-producing Mina Jacaranda Antimony deposit, located in southwest Spain within the Autonomous Community of Extremadura and province of Badajoz. This concession has an area of 750 hectares, being approximately 4.3 kilometres long and 1.4…

U3O8 Corp.: South American Silica Corp. Stakes Concessions in Uruguay on Receipt of Positive Frac Sand Test Results

August 27, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- U3O8 Corp. (TSX:UWE)(OTCQX:UWEFF), a Canadian-based company focused on exploration and development of uranium resources and associated commodities in South America, reports that South American Silica Corp ("SAS"), in which U3O8 Corp. has a 39% equity interest, has staked mineral concessions over an area with good frac sand potential in southern Uruguay. The Santa Lucia concessions…

Rare Element Resources Announces 2014 Pre-Feasibility Study on the Bear Lodge Project

August 26, 2014 (Source: Businesswire) -- Operational and technical improvements support a long-life Project with after-tax Internal Rate of Return of 29% and a payback period of 2.9 years Significant opportunities for further upside 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”)…

Montero Acquires Moyale Graphite Project in Ethiopia

August 26, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MON) ("Montero") has entered into a binding agreement with Hulager General Import and Export plc, an Ethiopian company, to acquire up to an 80% interest in its wholly owned Moyale Graphite Project in Ethiopia (the "Property"). The agreement provides Montero six months to complete legal and technical due diligence…

NioCorp Receives Additional High-Grade Niobium Assays in Excess of 3% Nb205

August 25, 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 NEC14-009 and NEC14-010 were drilled along a North-East to South-West section line designed to drill across the previously defined Niobium Resource. These drillholes were drilled towards…

Fairmont Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement

August 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Fairmont Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMR) ("Fairmont") is pleased to announce a private placement (the "Private Placement") of 2` million units (the "Units"). Each Unit consists of one common share (a "Share") and one half Share purchase warrant (a "Warrant") at a price of $0.15 per Unit. Each full Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase…

Nunaminerals Sign an Option Agreement with Greenland Rare Earth Projects Ltd.

August 22, 2014 (Source: GlobeNewswire) -- NunaMinerals A/S (COPENHAGEN: NUNA.CO / NUNA.DC) is delighted to announce that the Company has signed an Option Agreement with Greenland Rare Earth Projects Ltd (“GREP Ltd”), a London-based exploration company who are actively developing a portfolio of rare earth element projects in Greenland. Subsequent to a period of commercial negotiations which followed the signing of…

Pure Energy Minerals Limited Announces Commencement of Exploration Drilling On Nevada Lithium Brine Projects and Private Placement

August 21, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Pure Energy Minerals Limited. (TSXV-PE) (TSX VENTURE: PE ("Pure Energy" or the "Company") is pleased to report the commencement of its exploration drilling program at its Lithium brine project (the "Project") in Esmeralda County Nevada. The Project is located in the Clayton Valley region and consists of two placer mineral claim blocks, the 5,000 acre…

Jet Metal Announces Application to List Warrants

August 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Jet Metal Corp. (TSX VENTURE:JET)(OTCQB: JETMF) (the "Company" or "Jet Metal") announces that, further to the Company's August 18, 2014 news release regarding the amendment to the terms of the private placement, the Company is pleased to announce that it…

MDN Announces the Start of the Exploration Program on Samaqua

August 19, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- MDN Inc. (TSX:MDN) (the "Company") is pleased to confirm the start of the previously announced exploration program on its wholly-owned Samaqua property. The property is located north of Girardville in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada, next to the niobium and tantalum Crevier project owned 72.5% by MDN inc and 27.5% by Niobec inc, a…

Commerce Resources Corp. Updates Metallurgical Flowsheet and Outlines Next Steps for the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit, Northern Quebec

August 19, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H, OTCQX: CMRZF) ("Commerce" or the "Company")  is pleased to provide an update on its metallurgical flowsheet for the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit, including an outline of recommended next steps and potential end-products to be targeted by these steps. Overall, the Company continues to advance the Ashram Project towards completion…

Largo renames Maracas project, processing facility and deposit

August 18, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is extremely pleased to announce that it will rename the Maracas project, the processing facility and the Gulcari "A" deposit to honor key members of Largo's management team who have been critical in driving the Maracas project's success. The Maracas Vanadium Project (the "Project") will be renamed…

Orocobre Limited Construction Update on the Olaroz Lithium Project

August 18, 2014 (Source: FSC Wire) -- Orocobre Limited (ASX:ORE) (TSX:ORL) ("Orocobre" or "the Company") is pleased to advise progress on the construction of its flagship Olaroz Lithium Project. In terms of physical progress the construction program is now approximately 95% complete. A total of approximately US$221m has been spent or committed via executed contracts in the construction project to date.…
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