WA Government announces conditional approval for Hastings’ rare earths plant near Onslow

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Australian rare earths company Hastings Technology has received conditional approval from the WA Government to develop the Yangibana rare earths project’s hydrometallurgical plant in the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), near Onslow on the Pilbara coast.

Located approximately 430km by road from the Yangibana mine, ANSIA is home to Chevron’s Wheatstone and BHP’s Macedon gas projects, with access to key connections services required for rare earths processing, such as piped natural gas, sufficient water and power.

Once constructed, the proposed hydrometallurgical plant will process high-grade concentrate from the Yangibana mine to produce mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC) that will have industry high volumes of neodymium and praseodymium, together referred to as NdPr.

They are vital raw materials used in the manufacture of permanent magnets for use in electric vehicles, wind turbines and other clean-energy products.

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Hastings’ Executive Chairman Charles Lew said building Yangibana’s hydrometallurgical plant at ANSIA was a key part of the company’s downstream processing program.

“Our focus now is on completing the ANSIA lease agreements with DevelopmentWA and the WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation as well as finalising Yangibana’s CAPEX to factor in the decision – announced in July 2020 – to separate the mining operation from a coast-based hydrometallurgical plant,” he concluded.

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