March 2014 Updates To The TMR Advanced Rare-Earth Projects Index

by Gareth Hatch on April 6, 2014 · 6 comments

in Rare Earths, Tools & Metrics

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There were no additions or project updates to the TMR Advanced Rare-Earth Projects Index since the last edition. I did update the pricing used in the Index data, to reflect the average monthly prices for March 2014, as reported by Metal Pages. The effective date of the latest edition is April 5, 2014.

I have also updated the way that the basket price and in-situ resource value data are displayed in the associated chart, using a logarithmic scale to represent the latter parameter. This should make it easier to compare and contrast the various data points.

The Index currently consists of 57 rare-earth mineral resources, associated with 51 advanced rare-earth projects and 49 companies, located in 34 regions within 16 countries.

As usual, the easy-to-remember shortcut for accessing the Index is www.RareEarths.org.

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1 Mike Saner April 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

Hi Gareth

Thanks for the updates, they are most useful.

An important aspect of all rare earth deposits is the fact that they almost always contain thorium (and uranium as well). Separating and disposing of these two “nasties” is important, and could become a “fatal flaw” in the hydro-metallurgical separations.
Could you please look into the possibility of adding the thorium (and U) grades to the REO grades that you already report for each deposit. This will then put into perspective the reality of any future operations at each deposit.

With kind regards

Mike Saner
Tel +27 11 888 3480

2 Jackie L. Goldsmith April 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

Thank f or staying on top end of. things I wish to state I as a mine owner wish to form a small co op of small miners here in the states to form a R and D Pool to due proper research on RR Deposits and HREE Deposits here in the states and canada
what s your feed back on this? NO MAJORS NO LARGE CORPOATIONS CONTROLLED BY OUR OBAMA ADMINISTRATION…with my present research we should be able to produce rare earths here in the states

3 Veritas Bob April 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Jackie, I hope your command of the mining and rare earth business is better than your spelling and command (or lack thereof) of the English language. Please forgive me if you are not a native English speaker.

4 Michel Proulx April 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Mike Saner said:

“An important aspect of all rare earth deposits is the fact that they almost always contain thorium (and uranium as well). Separating and disposing of these two “nasties” is important, and could become a “fatal flaw” in the hydro-metallurgical separations”

This is not true. Each REE deposit has is proper caracteristics. Some are Uranium / Thorium-rich other not. Actinides-rich REE deposits are more associated with syenite / peraralkaline rocks.

Uranium – Thorium very poor deposit is per example Grevet REE Property, Quebec, Canada where U – Th values stand below 7 ppm and 500 ppm respectively. This property has over 143 REE showing up to 20% LREO.

5 Peter Merity April 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Dear Gareth

Thank you for your bulletins. I agree with Mike Saner that having the thorium and uranium content would be very useful for a number of reasons. First as an indication of the safety and ease of processing the REE in the deposit and, secondly, as you have already indicated, it may be that these waste products may become more valuable in future.

Thanks again for the bulletins.

Regards

Peter Merity

6 Michel Proulx April 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I would like to clarify one point. Uranium (<7 ppm) – Thorium (<500 ppm) values above stand for 20% LREO carbonatite showing on grab sample.

This Grevet REE Property is available to option.

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