Northern Minerals’ Browns Range Pilot Plant has achieved mechanical completion, with all the process plant components now installed, powered up and tested as part of the commissioning process.
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Australian heavy rare earths developer, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU) (the Company) is pleased to advise that the Browns Range Pilot Plant has achieved mechanical completion. All the process plant components have been installed, powered up and tested as part of the commissioning process.
The Australian heavy rare earths developer’s beneficiation plant, having been load commissioned in June, is performing well, with approximately 100 tonnes of xenotime concentrate produced through the beneficiation plant to date.
With this stockpile of xenotime concentrate ahead of the drier and kiln, both of which have been load commissioned already, the back end of the hydrometallurgical plant from water leach through to rare earth carbonate product can now be load commissioned.
Northern Minerals’ Managing Director and CEO, George Bauk, said that the mechanical completion was an important milestone for the company. Having 100 tonnes of xenotime concentrate stockpiled provides a great base as the company moves into commissioning the back end of the hydromet plant.
“Given we have only been commissioning the pilot plant for a short period of time, early results from the beneficiation plant are very encouraging. Whilst a lot of work remains in the beneficiation plant to achieve key targets, focus will broaden to include the hydrometallurgical plant,” said Mr Bauk.