Lynas Rare Earths Ltd has introduced the first feed of Mt Weld material into the Kalgoorlie Rare Earths Processing Facility, marking the transition from commissioning to production and ramping up the facility.
Lynas Malaysia was granted a variation to its operating licence on 24 October 2023, permitting the continuing importation and processing of Lanthanide Concentrate from Lynas’ Mt Weld mine. The Lynas Malaysia plant is closed until downstream processing capacity upgrades are completed. The production will resume in January 2024.
Mixed Rare Earth Carbonate (MREC) from the Kalgoorlie Rare Earth Processing Facility will be gradually introduced to the Lynas Malaysia plant beginning late in the March quarter and rising as the regulated ramp-up of the Kalgoorlie facility progresses.
“We are delighted to have achieved first feed on in Kalgoorlie. This is an exciting milestone as we continue to expand our operating footprint and capacity to meet growing global demand for separated rare earth materials,” Lynas Rare Earths CEO and Managing Director Amanda Lacaze said.
“The Kalgoorlie Rare Earths Processing Facility is Australia’s first value-added rare earrings processing facility, making it a significant project for both Lynas and the Australian critical minerals industry.”