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Rare Earth Minerals News

Andrada reports higher tin, tantalum production for the quarter ended May 31

By: Darren Parker     21st June 2024 Aim-listed Andrada Mining, which owns operations in Namibia, has announced a 14% quarter-on-quarter increase in saleable tantalum concentrate production to 9 t for the quarter ended May 31, which is the first quarter of its 2025 financial year. In its quarterly operational update released on June... 

Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti, which no longer mines in this country and is now domiciled in London. Fort Hare is the university... 

University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (left) and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.
University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (left) and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Defense Metals appoints new chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2024 Vancouver-based Defense Metals, which owns the Wicheeda rare earth element project in British Columbia, has announced the appointment of Guy de Selliers as chairperson of the board. De Selliers, a director of Defense Metals, brings four decades of expertise and vision as the chairperson of the... 

Resources Watch  

19th June 2024 This week: Copper 360 on home straight to produce quite a bit of cash, CEO reports; Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development; and, Artificial intelligence used to eliminate need for rare earths in permanent magnets 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Canada blocks Chinese rare earths deal in Trudeau-led crackdown

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2024 Canada’s government will buy stockpiled rare earth materials from Vital Metals in a deal that prevents the company from selling its production to a Chinese buyer. The small Australian firm, which mines rare earths in Canada’s Northwest Territories, will sell its stockpiled rare earth material to... 

Canada blocks Chinese rare earths deal in Trudeau-led crackdown

Lindian implements leadership changes to progress Malawi project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2024 ASX-listed Lindian Resources has announced a cohort of board and leadership changes, effective immediately. Jack Fazio has resigned as nonexecutive director to assume a full-time role as project director. 

Neo Performance Materials launches strategic review

By: Reuters     14th June 2024 Canadian rare earths company Neo Performance Materials said on Friday it would be undertaking a comprehensive strategic review, which could include a sale, divestiture, merger or other business combinations. Rare earths are a group of 17 elements used in products from lasers and military... 

REE explorer Resouro lists on ASX

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2024 Canada-based, Brazil-focused Resouro Strategic Minerals on Friday started trading on the ASX in Sydney, following a A$8-million public initial offering (IPO). Resouro raised the cash by issuing 16-million CDIs at A$0.50 each, with a ratio of one CDI for one share, resulting in a post-IPO market... 

REE explorer Resouro lists on ASX

Second Australian rare earths producer suffers cyber attack

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2024 Iluka Resources has become the second Australian rare earths miner to suffer a cyber attack in recent months, although the hackers weren’t able to penetrate its cybersecurity protections. The denial-of-service attack was intended to disrupt Iluka’s external website, according to a statement from... 

Second Australian rare earths producer suffers cyber attack

Pensana appoints new Longonjo construction manager as site works progress

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2024 Rare earths mining company Penansa has announced the appoinment of Luigi Bruni as construction manager for the site team at the Longonjo rare earths project, in Angola. Bruni brings practical experience to the project, having served as construction manager for 15 international mining and oil and... 

Containerised 350-person accommodation facilities arriving onsite at Longonjo
Containerised 350-person accommodation facilities arriving onsite at Longonjo

Brazilian Rare Earths raises A$80m in discounted offering

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2024 Exploration company Brazilian Rare Earths (BRE) has successfully raised A$80-million in a discounted A$3.30-a-share placement. The proceeds from the placement will be used to accelerate exploration and development at the Monte Alto, Sulista and Pele rare earth projects, including drilling,... 

Brazilian Rare Earths raises A$80m in discounted offering

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Artificial intelligence used to eliminate need for rare earths in permanent magnets 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2024 Discovering new materials has historically been slow. Now artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover a material entirely computationally and have that verified experimentally. An example of this is AI being used to create a permanent magnet that does not contain any rare earth... 

Development of rare earth-free permanent magnets.
Materials Nexus CTO Robert Forrest interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Energy Fuels achieves commercial production of separated rare earths at White Mesa

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2024 Uranium and rare earths elements (REEs) producer Energy Fuels has begun commercial production of separated neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) at its White Mesa mill, in Utah. This marks a milestone, bringing back the production of separated REEs back to the US after several decades. 

The White Mesa mill
The White Mesa mill

Critical Metals to buy controlling stake in Greenland REE mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 Nasdaq-listed Critical Metals has signed a binding heads of agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the Tanbreez rare earth mine, in Greenland, from a company controlled by geologist Gregory Barnes. The Tanbreez project is a permitted critical minerals asset positioned to unlock a... 

Critical Metals to buy controlling stake in Greenland REE mine

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive, collaborative and trusting relationship among government, labour, civil society and the private sector to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Steenkampskraal may supply thorium for use in cancer therapy

By: Sabrina Jardim     7th June 2024 Producer and supplier of alpha-particle emitters for cancer therapy Thor Medical has signed a memorandum of understanding with rare earths and thorium miner Steenkampskraal Holdings for feedstock supply and technology cooperation.  The aim is for the parties to enter into a long-term partnership... 

Steenkampskraal monazite mine
Steenkampskraal monazite mine

Chinese rare earths investor fails to win seat on Australia's Northern Minerals board

By: Reuters     6th June 2024 A Chinese mining investor has failed in a bid to join Australian rare earths mining company Northern Minerals' board on Thursday, days after Australia's Treasurer ordered the investor's private company to sell some of its shares. Treasurer Jim Chalmers earlier this week ordered several... 

Chinese rare earths investor fails to win seat on Australia's Northern Minerals board

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

Australian rare earths miner hit by cybersecurity breach

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2024 Australian rare earths firm Northern Minerals said some of its data had been released onto the “dark web” months after the firm detected a breach of its cybersecurity protections. “The exfiltrated data included corporate, operational and financial information and some details relating to current... 

Australian rare earths miner hit by cybersecurity breach

Energy Fuels shores up Australian supply for REE production

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2024 US-based Energy Fuels has formed a joint venture with Astron to develop the Donald rare earth element (REE) and mineral sands project in Australia, securing supply for its White Mesa mill, in Utah. The mining project, in Victoria, will provide Energy Fuels with monazite sand in a REE concentrate... 

Energy Fuels shores up Australian supply for REE production

Australia orders Chinese investors to sell down stake in rare earths miner

By: Reuters     3rd June 2024 Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers has ordered several China-linked investors to dispose of shares in rare earths miner Northern Minerals on national interest grounds, a spokesperson said on Monday. Northern Minerals is developing the Browns Range heavy rare earths project in Western Australia,... 

Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers
Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers

Mintek titanium production technology set to improve efficiencies

By: Darren Parker     31st May 2024 National mineral research organisation Mintek’s innovative Impril process technology has achieved crucial efficiencies in titanium production, the organisation reports. Titanium oxide (TiO2) is a key ingredient in creating white pigments. Its versatility makes it an essential compound in many... 

Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku
Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku

China 2024 rare earths quota growth set to slow amid supply glut

By: Reuters     29th May 2024 Rare earth quotas in China, which the world's top producer uses to control supply, are set to rise at a much slower rate this year amid a supply glut, industry participants said on Wednesday. Rare earths are a group of 17 elements used in products as varied as lasers, military equipment, magnets... 

IonicRE, Less Common Metals collaborate on expanding magnet rare earths supply chain

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2024 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE) has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based metals and alloy manufacturer Less Common Metals (LCM) to work collaboratively on building a Western supply chain for rare earth permanent magnet production. Under the terms of the MoU,... 

Canada’s EDC grants conditional approval for $300m funding to Arafura

By: Mariaan Webb     27th May 2024 Export Development Canada (EDC) has conditionally approved $300-million in debt financing for the Nolans rare earths project, near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The funding package takes conditional approvals to 68% of the targeted $775-million of senior debt funding for Nolans,... 

Canada’s EDC grants conditional approval for $300m funding to Arafura

Panellists discuss graphite demand and rare earth supply chains at Junior Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2024 With growing demand for electric vehicles, yearly graphite supply needs to be about four times higher in 2030, and about nine times higher in 2040, than at present, owing to its use in energy transition-related products, such as lithium-ion batteries. During a presentation at the Junior Indaba... 

Pensana lauds Angola’s performance in this year’s Fraser Institute rankings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2024 London-listed Pensana commends the government of Angola for instilling attractive policies and growing interest in the country’s exploration potential. This comes as the country recorded an improvement in its ranking to forty-seventh out of 86 countries in the yearly Investment Attractiveness... 

Angolan flag

Northern Minerals appoints new chair as Curtis resigns

By: Mariaan Webb     27th May 2024 Heavy rare earths firm Northern Minerals has replaced Nicholas Curtis as chairperson, appointing Adam Handley as part of a board restructuring. Curtis has taken on the role of strategic adviser of the company for at least another year, to provide Northern Minerals with continued access to his... 

Adam Handley's core focus will be on strategic stakeholder engagement.
Adam Handley's core focus will be on strategic stakeholder engagement.

Vorster becomes Lindian CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2024 Resources industry executive Alwyn Vorster has been appointed CEO of ASX-listed, Africa-focused rare earths company Lindian Resources. Vorster, who was previously CEO of Hastings Technology Metals and MD of BCI Minerals, is succeeding Alistair Stephens. 

Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor   

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2024 When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation or COMRO, ceased to function in the form that it had for 30-odd years. Had COMRO continued... 

COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
COMRO’S Legacy editor Brian Protheroe interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Use resources to diversify African economies, unlock sustainable growth

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2024 A majority of African economies, or 83%, are highly commodity-dependent and are vulnerable to external shocks, experiencing good growth when commodity prices are high, but seeing growth reversal and setbacks when prices are low. Chad, for example, experienced an average of 9% growth in GDP... 

Haul trucks in operation at a West African mine

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2024 A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a return to growth in the shrinking South African mining industry. Minerals Council South Africa CEO... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
South African public-private sector exploration webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Harena secures US offtaker for rare earth products from incoming Madagascar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2024 Australian natural resources company Harena Resources has signed a nonbinding indicative offtake term sheet with US-based United Rare Earths for the sale and purchase of mixed rare earth carbonate product. Harena is advancing its 75%-owned Ampasindava rare earths ionic clay project in... 

Area around Ampasindava project
Area around Ampasindava project

US tariffs on minerals leave out markets that China dominates

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2024 President Joe Biden just unveiled sweeping tariffs on a range of Chinese imports, including more than two dozen industrial raw materials. But the administration is being careful to avoid the critical minerals where Beijing’s grip on global supply is greatest. The commodities that made the duties... 

US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden

Pensana records encouraging testwork results from samples at Angola project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2024 London-listed Pensana Rare Earths says initial results from beneficiation testwork on samples from the Sulima West deposit at the Coola exploration licence, located 75 km north of Longonjo, in Angola, are “very encouraging”. The testwork is being undertaken to determine whether the mineralogy at... 

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.
Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson.
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