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The eternal temptation of tantalum, Alkane and MDN lead the pack

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One hears a lot more about Tantalum than is actually going on in the metal. It seems to be always promising to become a mining sub-space of relevance and yet never get there. This is maybe not too surprising as the words “tantalise” and Tantalum come from the same mythological roots for Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment in Tartarus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and…

Chinese imported rare earth metal ores prices show an upward trend

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As a result of Chinese government tightening its restriction on the mining of rare earth metal ores, some of Chinese rare earth producers are expected to increase imports. The increase of imports of rare earth metal ores from the rest of the world is driven by the large smelting and separation capacity of the Chinese and an increased demand for the ores in the domestic market. China is the world's biggest producer of rare earth metals, which not only imported 3,678.168 tons of REO, but also bought 1,393.94 tons of rare-earth…

Peak Resources attracts new investors, easing path to production

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Any discussion about rare earths inevitably leads to China, because it enjoys a near monopoly in the production of rare earths. Years of price dumping have made it very difficult for competitors to enter the market, enabling China to have built an absolutely dominant position in the mining and processing of such metals as neodymium, terbium or dysprosium. However, slowly, new competitors are getting ready to enter the market; some like Molycorp in the United States and Lynas Corp in Australia and Malaysia have already started to produce rare earths, even…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development – Part 6

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I trust, in the last week, you have practiced the process of MUST and WANT consideration and have a better understanding of how the modified / expanded Kepner-Tregoe Decision Analysis tool can help when looking at success factors, in general, and more specifically for REO development. As this is part of a series, it is important to read and understand the logic being developed in the other articles to follow the journey. Parts 1 and Part 2 – How mineralogy is the KEY success factor (1) Part 3 – How a…

Rarer than rare earths, the trials and tribulations of tellurium

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It seemed an apt moment for me to revisit Tellurium, a metal I have watched over the years and yet with which little has been done despite its high value and immense scarcity. While other specialty metals boomed and busted, Tellurium never left the runway in the first place despite its fortunes being intimately linked with those of the solar energy sector. However, unlike the other specialty metals where a hardy few have struggled out of the bunker after the nuclear winter, the Tellurium players have largely died of neglect. I…

Matamec converts Toyota partnership from joint venture to profit sharing

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Matamec Explorations Inc. ("Matamec", TSXV: MAT | OTCQX: MHREF) has issued an update about the CAD$ 4 million investment from CDA Resource Quebec (‘RQ’) in the HREE deposit at Kipawa, announced by the company on April 2. Last March, the Government of Quebec expressed the economic and technological importance of the Kipawa Project, warranting Resources Quebec inc to invest CAD$ 1 million in equity capital and a minority equity of $ 3M CAD in the Kipawa deposit, which is part of a total CAD$ 6 million project (in which Matamec will…

Russian grant revs Stans Energy while battery market fuels Stria Lithium

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InvestorIntelReport for the week ending September 19, 2014: The weaker commodities theme continues for last week as I drill down on InvestorIntel member averages for the week ending September 19, 2014. The graphite and graphene sector lead for least negative downturn at -4.68%. This followed by oil and gas -4.77%, rare earths and technology metals -5.10% and uranium, down -5.49% for the week ending September 19th, 2014. The leading performer of the week was Stans Energy Corp. with TSXV: HRE up +32.26% and OTCQX: HREEF up +13.99%. It is clear that the market…

Arafura announces major progress in de-risking Nolans Project’s path to production

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Arafura Resources ('Arafura', ASX: ARU) is one of Australia’s fastest-growing rare earths developers. It has achieved exploration successes, concluding fruitful partnerships to ensure long term growth at the Nolans Rare Earths Project. The Nolans Rare Earths Project presents a world-class rare earths resource grading 2.6% rare earth oxides (“REO”) with measured and indicated resources able to sustain at least a 25 year mine life according to Arafura’s recently published ‘Nolans Development Report' (NDR), highlighting the advanced stage of the Nolans Project. The Document’ (not to be confused with feasibility Study) explains…

MDN starts niobium exploration, benefiting from growing demand for steel

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Last August, MDN Inc. (‘MDN’, TSX: MDN) announced the start of exploration at its 100% owned Samaqua property, north of the town of Girardville in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean to determine the presence of a mineralized carbonatite. The results will be announced as soon as available and will extend over a period of 4 to 5 months. The property is very promising. It is adjacent to the Crevier niobium and tantalum property (72.5% owned by MDN and 27.5% by Niobec Inc., a subsidiary of Iamgold Corp.) and presents a magnetic geophysical response similar to that…

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…
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Critical Elements Confirms the Economic Potential Value of Mica, a Second By-Product at its Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project

October 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Critical Elements Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CRE) (OTCQX:CRECF) (FRANKFURT:F12) is pleased to announce an update on recent testing of mica, one of the by-products at the Rose tantalum-lithium project. One by-product of the Rose tantalum-lithium project with good economic potential is mica. The results of laboratory-scale metallurgical testing to date indicate the potential for production of around 58,000…

IBC to Present at IAEA Technical Meeting on Accident Tolerant Fuels

October 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IB)(OTCQX:IAALF) will present a paper at the International Atomic Energy Agency's ("IAEA") Technical Meeting on Accident Tolerant Fuels for Light Water Reactors. The meeting is being hosted on October 13 - 17 at the Oakridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tennessee. IBC will use this opportunity to present its enhanced beryllium oxide…

Formation Metals Responds to BCSC Clarification Request and Technical Disclosure Review

October 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Formation Metals Inc. (TSX:FCO) ("Formation" or the "Company") reports that as a result of a recent technical disclosure review by the British Columbia Securities Commission ("BCSC"), the Company is issuing the following news release to clarify certain disclosures. Specifically, the Company is addressing the following disclosure and filing issues: Since the filing of the June 23,…

Namibia Rare Earths Inc.: Preliminary Economic Assessment Confirms Potential for Heavy Rare Earth Mine at Lofdal

October 1, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Namibia Rare Earths Inc. ("Namibia Rare Earths" or the "Company") (TSX:NRE) (OTCQX:NMREF) is pleased to report the positive results of the NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Lofdal Rare Earths Project, Namibia ("the PEA") which confirms the technical and economic potential of the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earth Project ("Project") in northwestern Namibia. The PEA…

Geomega Resources Inc.: Gold-Bearing Corridor on Anik Increases to 600 Meters

September 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of this news release: New quartz-pyrite-molybdenum stockwork outcrop grading 1.60 g/t Au located 400 meters S-W of the discovery outcrop Second 4 m3 angular block grading up to 2.61 g/t Au located 50 meters S of the discovery outcrop Re-sampling of the 200-NE outcrop grading 11.35 g/t and 1.38 g/t Au Geophysics groundwork in…

NioCorp Announces Metallurgical Flowsheet

September 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce updates regarding the ongoing metallurgical testing program of the ore from the Elk Creek deposit, along with a preliminary metallurgical flowsheet. Commencing in April, the Company initiated a metallurgical testwork program to demonstrate the production of a ferroniobium product from the Elk…

Fednav to Provide Marine Shipping Solutions for Quest’s Strange Lake Development

September 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM)(NYSE MKT:QRM) is pleased to announce that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Fednav Limited ("Fednav") to develop and deliver shipping solutions for Quest's Strange Lake Project (the "Project"), subject to certain conditions. Fednav and Quest intend to execute a final binding agreement in the future. In accordance…

Molycorp Announces that its Expanded Leach System Has Now Been Placed Into Service at its Mountain Pass, California Facility

September 30, 2014 (Source: GlobeNewswire) -- Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE:MCP) ("Molycorp" or the "Company") today announced that the expanded Leach system at its Mountain Pass, California Facility has been placed into service and is expected to mitigate a major production bottleneck at the facility and facilitate greater rare earth production once it is fully operational. Company officials said that improvements made to…

Canadian company proposes rare earths mine in WY

September 29, 2014 (Source: Washington Times) -- A Canadian company has proposed a rare earths mineral mine in northeastern Wyoming. Residents say they would welcome the jobs it would create, but are concerned about the impact the $450 million Bear Lodge Project would have on the environment. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Rare Element Resources is proposing a mine in the Black Hills…

Canada Rare Earth to Provide Business Services and Receives Ownership Participation Right to a Mechanically Complete, Full Spectrum Rare Earth Separation Refinery

September 29, 2014 (Source: Canada Rare Earths) -- Canada Rare Earth Corporation ( "Canada Rare Earth" or the "Company" ) ( TSX.V: LL ) is pleased to advise that it has been engaged to provide corporate finance, strategic and business development services for a mechanically complete, full spectrum rare earth separation refinery built in Laos. The Company’s mandate is for…

Lynas slumps on $83m raising

September 29, 2014 (Source: The West Australian) -- Shares in troubled Lynas Corporation have slumped to a fresh five-year low after the loss-making rare earths company announced an $83 million capital raising to keep it afloat. The raising aims to bolster the company's balance sheet as it battles a low price for rare earths and high costs at its Malaysian…

Stans Energy Announces AGSM Results

September 26, 2014 (Source: BusinessWire) -- Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”), reports on the following results from its Annual and General Special Meeting: Election of Directors: The Nominees listed in the management proxy circular for the 2014 AGSM were elected as directors of Stans Energy Corp. Detailed Results of the votes by ballot for the…

Search Minerals Extends Non-Brokered Financing

September 26, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- THIS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY) announces that the Company has extended its $2,000,000 non-brokered private placement financing announced July 31, 2014 (see: Search Minerals Announces Private Placement, July 31, 2014). To date the Company…

Pele Mountain Appoints Martin S. Cooper As Vice President of Aboriginal Affairs

September 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Pele Mountain Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GEM)(OTCQX:GOLDF) ("Pele" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin S. Cooper to the position of Vice-President of Aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Cooper is a Professional Archaeologist with over 30 years of experience in the area of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Engagement. He is a Partner and Senior…

Stans Energy Legal Update

September 25, 2014 (Source: BusinessWire) -- Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”), reports that the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (the “Court”) has issued an advisory opinion on Section 11 of the Convention for the Protection of Investors’ Rights which questions the basis of one of the arguments under which Stans brought its…

REM Increases Strategic Holding In Bacanora Minerals to 12%

September 25, 2014 (Source: Rare Earth Minerals PLC) -- Rare Earth Minerals (AIM: REM) announces that it has now increased its shareholding in its joint venture partner in the Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico, Bacanora Minerals Limited ("Bacanora"), from 11.83% to 12% through further market purchases totalling £89,775. This interest, when aggregated with REM's 30% direct interest in the Fleur -…
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