Iluka adds rare earths to mineral sands for a bigger bang

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 & 20 : 8-Feb-21

Australian mineral sands producer Iluka Resources is seeking to expand into the rare earths sector. The company is hinting that it wants to become an integrated producer of heavy and light rare earth oxides, with the next step in its rare earths goals involving spending $35 million to boost the product from its mineral sands mine at Enebba in Western Australia to a 90 per cent concentrate. It could consider sending this concentrate to Lynas Rare Earths’ cracking and leaching plant in Kalgoorlie. Goldman Sachs has suggested that Iluka is capable of developing the first fully integrated rare earths operation on Australian soil by 2025 at a cost of around $1.2 billion.

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ILUKA RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX ILU, LYNAS RARE EARTHS LIMITED – ASX LYC, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Lynas shares surge on US rare earth plant agreement

Original article by Nick Evans
The Weekend Australian – Page: 21 & 26 : 23-Jan-21

Shares in rare earths producer Lynas Corp closed up 13.7 per cent at $5.56 on 22 January after it advised it had struck an agreement to construct a $60 million processing plant in Texas to produce rare earth products. The US Defence Department will pay half the cost of the plant, which will make products for US strategic stockpiles. Lynas is the only non-Chinese refiner of rare earth products, which are used in the manufacture of equipment such as missile systems and high-­performance magnets, and the increased tension between the US and China has seen the US keen to reduce its reliance on China for the supply of such products.

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LYNAS RARE EARTHS LIMITED – ASX LYC, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF DEFENSE

Lynas refuses to risk staff in virus hot spot

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 28 : 27-Nov-20

The US military is providing funding for a rare earths processing plant to be built in Texas under a partnership between Australian-listed rare earths producer Lynas Corporation and US-based Blue Line. The Pentagon wants the plant to be built to end to China’s dominance of "commercial-scale" separation of heavy rare earths materials. However, Lynas MD Amanda Lacaze has told its AGM that the plant could be delayed as it will not built without the involvement of its engineers, and she will not send anyone to Texas while COVID-19 cases in the state are so high. It is estimated that the plant will cost around $US50 million ($68 million).

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LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, BLUE LINE

Reynolds calls for local push on rare earths

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 7-Jul-20

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds says Australia and its partners are working to boost the supply of rare earths and other minerals that are important to their defence forces. Her comments come as Australia and other Western nations seek to cut their dependence on China for rare earths. The federal government’s Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility will provide $150 million in financial support for a proposed mineral sands mine in Western Australia that will include rare earths capacity. The NAIF is also considering supporting Arafura Resources’ $1.1 billion rare earths project in the Northern Territory.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, ARAFURA RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX ARU, NORTHERN AUSTRALIA INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY, LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC

Success against virus boosts rare earths

Original article by Angus Grigg
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 4-Jun-20

Rare earths miner Hastings Technology Metals has secured a 10-year off-take agreement with German automotive parts group Schaeffler. Hastings COO Andrew Reid says Schaeffler was keen to finalise the agreement given that rare earths supply from China has been disrupted by the pandemic and Australia has performed well in containing the coronavirus. Hastings aims to commence work on a rare earths processing plant in Western Australia in 2021, with initial production by 2023.

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HASTINGS TECHNOLOGY METALS LIMITED – ASX HAS,SCHAFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG

Relief for Lynas as licence renewed amid Malaysian turmoil

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 28-Feb-20

Rare earths producer Lynas Corporation expects to meet the conditions imposed by the Malaysian government in renewing its operating licence for another three years. They include a deadline of mid-2023 to begin extracting low-level radioactive material from rare earths at a cracking and leaching plant in Western Australia, rather than undertaking the initial processing in Malaysia. Lynas must also commence work on developing a permanent disposal facility for radioactive waste in Malaysia within 12 months.

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LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC

Competition no worry for Lynas

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 30-Aug-19

Rare earths miner Lynas Corporation has posted a 2018-19 net profit of $80m, compared with $53.1m previously. However, EBITDA fell to $100.7m and revenue was also lower at $363.5m. Meanwhile, CEO Amanda Lacaze is not unduly concerned by the mining sector’s growing interest in rare earths, arguing that increased competition could benefit Lynas. She is also optimistic that the Malaysian Government will renew the company’s full operating licence after agreeing to extend its current licence by six months.

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LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, NORTHERN MINERALS LIMITED – ASX NTU, ILUKA RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX ILU

Lynas on short leash as Malaysia extends licence

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 16-Aug-19

Malaysian authorities have extended Lynas Corporation’s operating licence for its $1 billion rare earths processing plant at Kuantan for just six months, with the licence due to expire on 2 September. The plant processes rare earths from Lynas’s Mt Weld mine in Western Australia, and is the largest source of rare earths outside of China. Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze had said recently that it would be happy with a three-year extension to its licence, although a five-year extension would be ideal.

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LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES

Reynolds welcomes deal on rare earths with non-Chinese customer

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 13-Aug-19

Federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds says it is important that Australia ensures it has secure supplies of critical resources, in particular rare earths. Reynolds notes that defence firms need access to rare earths, as rare earths are used in the production of defence equipment. She welcomed the announcement on 12 August by heavy rare earths supplier Northern Minerals that it had signed a 100 per cent off-take agreement with Thyssenkrupp, which is one of the largest materials distributors to the Western world. The announcement followed just days after Northern Minerals terminated an off-take agreement with Chinese firm Lianyugang Zeyu New Materials Sales Company.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, NORTHERN MINERALS LIMITED – ASX NTU, LIANYUGANG ZEYU NEW MATERIALS SALES COMPANY, LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC

Lynas calls for US backing of rare earth firms

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 8-Aug-19

Lynas Corporation MD Amanda Lacaze addressed the annual Diggers & Dealers forum on 7 August. She said the US will need to provide financial support to rare earths producers in order to ensure that it has a secure long-term supply of the minerals, which are critical for electric vehicles and military weapons. Lacaze says she expects Lynas to receive support from the US, given that the company is set to become the only producer of heavy rare earths outside of China.

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LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, DIGGERS AND DEALERS FORUM, BLUE LINE CORPORATION