Russian Special Technical Export Licence Granted to Stans Energy Corp
February 26, 2014 (Source: Businesswire) — Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control of the Russian Federation (“FSTEC”), has granted a special export licence to Stans Energy.
This special export licence allows for the export and use of key cracking technology by Stans Energy Corp., which was developed by the Company’s Russian contractors, the Russian Research Institute of Chemical Technology (“VNIIHT”). This cracking technology is vital to production at the Company’s Heavy Rare Earth Project Kutessay II. Cracking is an important step in the production of a concentrate free of radioactive and gangue minerals.
VNIIHT has successfully tested a contained, environmentally friendly process for extracting thorium, radium, and fluorine from Kutessay II rare earth concentrates. In addition to this achievement, VNIIHT’s new cracking method yielded a greater recovery of rare earths from historical concentrates – 95% at the impurity removal stage, and 93% at the nitrate-creation stage. The final product of these tests was a 98% pure combined RE Oxide (REO) nitrate solution.
The concentrate produced by the new planned Plant #1 will be further refined through solvent extraction into individual rare earth oxides and then into pure metals. VNIIHT is currently working on new proprietary technology that will facilitate this individual separation and has already submitted three of five volumes of the separation report to Stans. The export licence for these reports was granted by FSTEC upon completion of Report #1 through a simplified process due to the absence of nuclear materials technology involved.
Technical experts as Kashka Rare Earth Processing (“KRP”) will now begin optimizing the engineering for the required flow sheet for the cracking facility which is planned to be the new Plant #1 at KRP. Ongoing legal issues within Kyrgyzstan are preventing Stans in proceeding with pilot testing of the new technology due to continuing work injunctions at the mine site.
“This licence grant represents the culmination of a very complicated approval process due to the nature of the technology and the sensitive features associated with it. I would like to first thank the officials at FSTEC along with the experts from ROSATOM who provided their opinions on the clearance of this new technology. I would also like to thank the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for their co-operation in assisting the Company on this matter. This cooperation reflects the international collaboration necessary to develop supply chains as complex as those required for rare earth elements. Stans Energy Corp is fortunate to be a recipient of strong government support from both the Russian Federation and Canada,” states Rodney Irwin, Interim President and CEO.
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About Stans Energy
Stans Energy Corp. is a resource development company focused on progressing Heavy Rare Earth (HRE) properties in areas of the Former Soviet Union. In December 2009, Stans acquired a 20-year mining license for the past-producing Kutessay II rare earth mine from the Kyrgyz Republic. On May 26, 2011 Stans completed the purchase of the Kashka Rare Earth Processing Plant (KRP) the same plant that previously refined REEs historically from Kutessay II. The KRP was the only hard rock plant to produce all rare earth elements outside of China, producing 120 different metals, alloys, and oxides. For over 30 years, Kutessay II produced 80% of the rare earth metals for the former Soviet Union.
The Russian Research Institute of Chemical Technology (VNIIHT) was founded in April 1951. VNIIHT’s objective was to focus on the exploration and development of technologies and raw materials for use in the Soviet nuclear energy sector. VNIIHT technologies were, and continue to be implemented during the main stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. This includes the processing of Uranium and Rare Metal Ores through to the generation of nuclear-pure materials. VNIIHT’s sixty years of chemical technology experience combined with their capabilities of executing the complete cycle of rare earths research, development, and production will give Stans Energy a significant advantage relative to its competitors outside of China. www.vniiht.ru
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