Australian rare earths developer Vital Metals Limited has commenced mining operations at its Nechalacho rare earths project in Northwest Territories, Canada.
Vital Metals said mining contractor Det’on Cho Nahanni Construction will commence operations at Nechalacho’s within days.
According to the company’s statement, all plant and equipment, including an ore sorter and associated infrastructure, will arrive at site by the end of March in preparation for rare earth production at Nechalacho.
Vital Metals’ Managing Director Geoff Atkins said:
“We have been progressively achieving all the steps necessary to commence mining and rare earths production at Nechalacho over the past 12 months, and mobilisation of the mining fleet is another important milestone.
“We are excited to be commencing operations at Nechalacho rare earth project and following our recent $43m raising, proud to be fully funded to become Canada’s first rare earth producer.”