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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…

Lifton reviews Professor Dudley Kingsnorth’s “The Rare Earths Industry: Marking Time”

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Professor Dudley Kingsnorth of Australia’s Curtin University in Perth is recognized as one of the world’s premier experts on the rare earths sector outside of China. He publishes a periodic review of the industry, which is first released to a subscription group of companies and individuals. The current review is entitled “The Rare Earths Industry: Marking Time.” After receiving Professor Kingsnorth's “The Rare Earths Industry: Marking Time” to be summarized by InvestorIntel, Tracy Weslosky the Publisher of InvestorIntel asked me to read the latest issue of Professor Kingsnorth’s review and to describe…

InvestorIntel Special Report: Rare Earth Industry Leaders on U.S. Bill HR 4883

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August 13, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to leaders from the rare earths sector in the United States to gauge their support for HR Bill 4883. On June 17 of this year, US House Representative, Steve Stockman, introduced Bill HR 4883 “to provide for the establishment of a National Rare-Earth Refinery Cooperative, and for other purposes. The Bill was referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. The Bill intends to reduce the United States’ reliance on Chinese rare earths by encouraging an increase in US…

US Rare Earths secures ‘fast track’ to processing rare earth minerals

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US Rare Earths (‘USRE’, OTCBB: UREE ) has one of the best chances of developing a successful rare earths mining and processing facility in the United States thanks to its rare earths property at Lemhi Pass (western Montana and eastern Idaho), for which it has already completed a NI- 43-101 compliant preliminary exploration and assessment showing high concentrations of critical rare earths. USRE expects to begin processing by 2017 in the United States. The exploration record at Lemhi Pass suggests that it may hold the highest concentrations of rare earths elements…

Thorium lobby thunder intent on hijacking rare earths’ coattails

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Anyone in the Rare Earths space knows that Thorium frequently appears as an unwanted guest at the party. Explorers have worked on various ways to get around the issue. However there is a small group out there who we would call the “deniers”. They absolutely love Thorium. They are like Swedes liberated from the sauna in the dead of winter and would roll around in the stuff naked, if they could, to prove their commitment. While greater love hath no man to a chemical element than the Thorium crowd to their…

China and the WTO – The Dawn of Passive Aggression?

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"The Fox and the Grapes" is one of Aesop's fables and is one of the earliest illustrations of the concept of cognitive dissonance or put more simply “sour grapes”. “Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked 'Oh, you aren't even ripe yet! I don't need any sour grapes”. The fox that covets the inaccessible grapes is taken to stand for a person who attempts to…

George Bauk on recent significant heavy rare earth advancements at Northern Minerals

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August 8, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to George Bauk, the Managing Director for Northern Minerals (‘Northern’, ASX: NTU) about its Browns Range heavy rare earths (HREE) project in Western Australia. Tracy amicably introduces George as the “hardest working managing director in the rare earths industry” because Northern has issued five news releases in the past two months, reflecting a flurry of activity at the Company. George says that, I fact, “it has been a fantastic last quarter”, highlighting the steady progress of the past four…

Molycorp – Die Another Day?

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As the comedian, John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) said in the film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair that gets you, it’s the hope”. Never a truer word was said of Molycorp for just when you think the end is nigh and the towel should be thrown in, then the company pulls a rabbit (admittedly a bedraggled one) out of its hat and gets a new lease of life. So it was this week, with a combo on a sizeable asset-secured financing from a new name in the MCP cast of…
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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.…

EPA Grants Kimberley Rare Earth Mine Approval

August 18, 2014 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) -- A rare earth elements mine in the Kimberley has been recommended for conditional environmental approval. Northern Minerals' flagship venture the Browns Range Project, which is about 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek, received the Environmental Protection Authority's recommendation on Monday. The mine straddles the West Australian and Northern Territory border on the Browns…

Jet Metal Amends Terms of Private Placement Financing

August 18, 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 it has amended the terms of the non-brokered private placement financing, initially announced on July 11, 2014, to increase the size of the offering to up to $3,000,000.…

Dacha Completes Transaction With Merus Labs And Redeems Common Shares

August 14, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Dacha Strategic Metals Inc. (TSX-V: DSM) ("Dacha") is pleased to announce that it has: completed its previously announced transaction with Merus Labs International Inc. ("Merus") (TSX: MSL, NASDAQ: MSLI); and in accordance with the articles of amendment that were approved by Dacha shareholders on August 11, 2014, redeemed all of its outstanding common shares. In…

Critical Elements Receives Positive Material Testing Results From Multiple Glass and Ceramic Manufacturers

August 14, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Critical Elements Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CRE)(OTCQX:CRECF)(FRANKFURT:F12) is pleased to announce that its low-iron lithium concentrate has been successfully tested by ceramic and glass manufacturers. Samples sent to multiple end-users for testing in May all tested positively. As a result of the positive testing, the Company will be able to add a third revenue stream to its…

American Vanadium’s CellCube(tm) Delivered and Being Commissioned at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. American Vanadium Invites Utilities and Interested Parties to View the CellCube(tm)

August 14, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- AMERICAN VANADIUM CORP. ("American Vanadium" or the "Company") (TSX.V: AVC) (OTCQX: AVCVF) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ("NREL") is currently commissioning the first CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system to arrive in North America. While there are more than 65 CellCube systems commercially installed globally, this…

Great Western Minerals Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

August 13, 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"), today reported its second…

Molycorp Given Underweight Rating at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (MCP)

August 13, 2014 (Source: WKRB) -- Molycorp (NYSE:MCP)‘s stock had its “underweight” rating reiterated by research analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a report released on Monday. Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) opened at 2.19 on Monday. Molycorp has a 1-year low of $1.61 and a 1-year high of $7.78. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $2.20 and a…

China should take cues from rare-earth ruling

August 13, 2014 (Source: ECNS) -- Time for all parties to reconsider industry policies The World Trade Organization (WTO) upheld its decision Thursday that China's export quotas and other supply management practices related to rare earths were inconsistent with the organization's rules. Such restrictions were first imposed back in 2010, with officials at the time saying they were intended to…

Site Preparation Commences at Fairmont’s Buttercup Project

August 13, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Fairmont Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMR) ("Fairmont") is pleased to announce that it has commenced site preparation and road construction. Approximately 600m of new road to the Buttercup site from the existing and well-maintained secondary access road has been initiated. In addition to road construction, logging companies have been on site to assess the removal of…

Midland Commences an Exploration Field Program on Its James Bay Gold Project Near Goldcorp’s Eleonore Deposit

August 13, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD) is pleased to report the beginning of an exploration program and the staking of additional map designated claims for its 100% owned James Bay Éléonore Gold project located in James Bay, Québec. A total of 80 claims, covering 44 square kilometres, were added on the Éléonore Centre property which…

Oaktree Gives Molycorp’s Mine More Time: Distressed Debt

August 12, 2014 (Source: Businessweek) -- Oaktree Capital Management LP (OAK:US) is throwing Molycorp Inc. (MCP:US) a lifeline with $400 million of loans that gives the company cash to operate until the first quarter of 2016 as its Mojave Desert mine moves toward full production. The financing didn’t come cheap: Molycorp will pay an interest rate of 12 percent, the highest on a loan made…
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