Australian heavy rare earths developer, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU) has provided an update to the market on the progress it is making in the construction of its Browns Range pilot plant project in the East Kimberley region of WA. Installation and construction remains on track for completion by June 30, with the mill girth gear installed while the laboratory has been delivered and installation is underway. Recruitment of operations personnel is also progressing well.
- Steady progress continues on the Pilot Plant installation with construction on track for completion by 30 June 2018
- Mill girth gear installed;
- Laboratory delivered and installation underway;
- Recruitment of operations personnel progressing well;
- Presented at the 10th the Asian Metals 10th International Rare Earth Summit – Sanya, China.
Australian heavy rare earths developer, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU) (the Company) is pleased to provide a progress update on the Browns Range Pilot Plant Project, under construction in the East Kimberley region of WA.
Primero Group are making good progress on installation of process plant modules and mechanical equipment, with additional personnel mobilised to site. Electrical and piping installation works continue to progress well in both the beneficiation and hydrometallurgical plants. To facilitate commissioning of the next stage of the process flowsheet, completion of all construction activities in the beneficiation plant remains the focus.
The girth gear for the mill has been installed with the pinion, reducer and main drive motor to follow. The buildings and equipment for the laboratory have been delivered to site and installation is underway.
Preparations are nearing completion for commissioning of the next section of the process plant, which is planned to include magnetic separation, flotation and tailings.
The recruitment process for Browns Range continues to progress well. Process operator roles are being filled through the ongoing recruitment drive, with most of the professional, technical and management roles already filled.