Australian heavy rare earths producer, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU) has officially produced rare earth carbonate through its Browns Range pilot plant, following commencement of commissioning of the plant in June. Both the benefication and hydrometallurgical circuits have been load commissioned, with the company’s focus now on progressing to steady continuous operation of those circuits.
Rare earth carbonate produced through hydrometallurgical circuit
Commissioning to progress to steady continuous operation
Australian heavy rare earths producer, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU) is pleased to advise that it has produced rare earth (RE) carbonate through the Browns Range Pilot Plant.
The production of the first final product follows the commencement of commissioning of the plant in June, with RE carbonate produced following load commissioning of the hydrometallurgical circuit.
Both the beneficiation and hydrometallurgical circuits having now been load commissioned and the focus for commissioning will now be to progress to steady continuous operation of these circuits.
Northern Minerals’ Managing Director and CEO, George Bauk, said “It is yet another significant milestone for Northern Minerals and the Browns Range Project.
This is the first production of rare earth carbonate from xenotime ore outside China and represents a new global source of product.
Commissioning is progressing well and we look forward to the next milestone being the first shipment of product to our customers.”
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