Largo Resources on how to outrun an 800lb gorilla

With the ramp-up of production by Largo Resources (TSXV: LGO) at its Maracas Menchen mine located in Bahia state in Brazil the company, as the most available primary Vanadium mine, looks like the type of tempting morsel that would appeal to a predator, such as Glencore. In this note we shall look at the state of play now the mine is in production and what Glencore might be tempted to do. Brief Background Largo claims the Maracas deposit has the highest grade vanadium resource in the world and that is positioned to…

Medallion takes major step toward commercialization of its monazite strategy

Neodymium, dysprosium or praseodymium are exotic sounding rare metals but they are not geologically limited. As with many other mineral resources, new deposits are regularly identified. Recently Greenland and India have attracted fresh interest over their potential to produce and supply rare earth elements - REE. The issue is far less the identification than it is the accessibility of REE’s; mostly the costs of extracting and separating them must allow for the relevant parties involved to make a profit. Medallion Resources Ltd (‘Medallion’, TSX-V: MDL | OTCQB: MLLOF) is one of…

WTO ruling fails to alleviate European concern over China’s rare earth dominance

China has increased its efforts to limit the illegal mining and export of rare earths (REE). The Government has launched a five-month campaign, which has the specific goal of preventing prices of this commodity from dropping further in prices.  Since the beginning of October until the end of March 2015 five authorities are working together to track down and punish illegal and smuggling REE operations. This is not the first time that the Chinese government has tried to tamper with (if not modernize) its rare earth industry, first by trying to…

Hostilities between China and Japan heat up in the American Courtroom over Patents

From the point of view of China -- Japan is the number one competitor/impediment to its total domination of the global rare earth industry at its currently most profitable point, the manufacture and sale both of the components and of the myriad of consumer devices enabled by the electromagnetic properties of the rare earths. The economic system of the People’s Republic of China is described in English with a translation of a common Chinese usage by the phrase  as “Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics,” the purpose of which (Capitalism) is to support…

Peak Resources’ low capex and metallurgical advantages attract IFC financing

Peak Resources Ltd (‘Peak’, ASX: PEK), the Australian rare earths mining company, has obtained a financial commitment of USD$ 25 million from the Appian Natural Resources Fund LP, an investment fund, for its Ngualla rare earth project located in southern Tanzania. Appian will help Peak finance the bankable feasibility study for the Ngualla Project by taking a 13% share of the Company’s capital. Appian has the option to take up to 37.5%, at the cost of some AUD$ 14.1 million. Ngualla deposit is estimated to have the potential to deliver some…

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…
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Stria Lithium Closes First Tranche of a $1,000,000 Non-Brokered Private Placement

October 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Stria Lithium Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRA) ("Stria" or the "Company") announced today the close of the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement offering (the "Offering") of up to $1,000,000. The total private placement consists of the sale of up to…

Medallion Initiates Laboratory-Scale Rare Earth Monazite Processing

October 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Medallion Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MDL)(OTCQB:MLLOF)(FRANKFURT:MRD) ("Medallion" or the "Company") today announced the initiation of lab-scale extraction tests of rare earths from monazite. The extraction will use the standard commercial monazite process to produce a rare-earth chemical concentrate, co-products and waste materials of the type expected from a commercial operation. The rare-earth concentrate will provide a…

Texas Rare Earth Resources Signs Agreements With the Texas General Land Office

October 29, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) Signs option to purchase surface rights covering 5,670 acres Signs ground water lease covering all anticipated water needs Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, is pleased to announce that it has executed agreements with the Texas General Land Office…

Rare Earth Salts Announces Joint Development Agreement With Mining Major

October 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Completion of Major Milestone in Advance of Pilot Plant Rare Earth Salts ("RES" or the "Company"), a leading mineral and applications technology company, today announced the signing of a Joint Development Agreement ("JDA") with one of the ten largest mining companies in the world ("Mining Co"). The JDA is structured in phases and its intent…

Stans Energy Obtains Extension of Ontario Court Injunction Against Kyrgyz Republic and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC

October 27, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), ("Stans" or the "Company") announced today that it has obtained an extension from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (“Court”) of the previously announced injunction (the "Order") which, among other things, prohibits the Kyrgyz Republic and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC ("KJSC") from selling, disposing, exchanging, assigning, transferring, pledging or encumbering…

NioCorp Options Archie Lake Property

October 27, 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 signing of an option agreement (the "Option Agreement") with Alberta Star Development Corp. ("Alberta Star") on the Company's 100% owned Archie Lake property (the "Property"), located in…

Resource experts target the holidays for a market turnaround

Jeff Phillips, President of Global Market Developments slapped a silver dollar in my palm at the New Orleans Investment Conference (#NOIC14) and said: “…mark this day on your calendar Tracy, as we are 30 days from the bottom of the market.” Considering the market lately, I swiftly slipped the silver dollar in my pocket after tweeting out the good news…

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…
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