News News
Contact us
  • Customer service number:64321087
  • Commercial service telephone:13918059423
  • Technical service telephone:13918059423
  • Contact person: Mr. Cui 
  • Service
  • Address: room 107, building 8, no. 100, guilin road, xuhui district, Shanghai

Energy Fuels begins commercial production of separated rare earths at White Mesa

The date of: 2024-06-17
viewed: 0

Energy Fuels (NYSE: UUUU; TSX: EFR) announced on Monday that it has achieved commercial production of separated neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) at its White Mesa mill in Utah.
The rare earth elements (REE), used in the manufacture of magnets in clean applications like EVs as well as in military and defense technologies, will be produced at Energy Fuels’ new Phase 1 REE separation circuit, with a capacity of 850 to 1,000 metric tonnes of NdPr per year.
The company expects to have commercial quantities of separated NdPr available for shipment by the end of the month.
Energy Fuels is extracting, refining, and separating the NdPr from monazite produced at its heavy mineral sand operations in Florida and Georgia.
The company said this is the first time in several decades that a US company has produced on-spec separated REEs from monazite on a commercial scale.
Energy Fuels began piloting REE separations in 2021 and later performed partial REE separations in 2022 and 2023.
The company completed construction of its Phase 1 REE separation circuit in the first quarter of 2024 at a total cost of about $16 million, under the original budget of $25 million.
During the second quarter, the company expects to produce about 25 to 35 tonnes of on-spec, separated NdPr.
“The addition of REE separation processes has not hindered the ability or capacity of the company to produce uranium at the mill, and preparations are being made to commence a uranium ore and alternate feed uranium-bearing material processing campaign in Q3 2024,” Energy Fuels said in a statement.
“Following the completion of NdPr production at the mill in Q2 2024, the company expects to begin processing uranium ore and alternate feed materials from our current stockpiles, resulting in the expected production of 150,000 to 500,000 pounds of U3O8 during 2024, with production ramping up further in 2025.”
From the new circuit, Energy Fuels also expects to produce a samarium-plus (Sm+) concentrate, while also recovering the contained uranium from the monazite feed stocks.
The company expects to use this Sm+ concentrate to continue pilot-scale dysprosium (Dy) and terbium (Tb) separation and to design circuits at the mill capable of producing these rare earth products in separated individual forms.
Currently, there is no company in the Western Hemisphere capable of commercially producing separated, on-spec Dy, Tb, or other heavy REE products.
Shares of Energy Fuels rose 3.9% by 12:00 p.m. EDT. The company has a market capitalization of $1.01 billion.

Hot News / Related to recommend
  • 2024 - 07 - 19
    Click on the number of times: 0
    source: Purdue UniversityPurdue University engineers have developed a patent-pending method to synthesize high-quality, layered perovskite nanowires with large aspect ratios and tunable organic-inorga...
  • 2024 - 07 - 18
    Click on the number of times: 0
    source:Innovation newsnetworkThe Analysis Center is developing innovative new materials-characterisation technology and expanding the suite of analytical techniques available regionally to support REE...
  • 2024 - 07 - 17
    Click on the number of times: 1
    source: Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryThe element actinium was first discovered at the turn of the 20th century, but even now, nearly 125 years later, researchers still don't have a good gr...
  • 2024 - 07 - 17
    Click on the number of times: 0
    source:Songshan Lake Materials LaboratoryResearchers at Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory have made significant advances in sodium-ion battery (SIB) technology by improving cycling performance of the...
  • Copyright ©Copyright 2018 2020 Shanghai rare earth association All Rights Reserved Shanghai ICP NO.2020034223
    the host:Shanghai Association of Rare Earth the guide:Shanghai Development and Application Office of Rare Earth the organizer:Shanghai rare earth industry promotion center