By ONG HAN SEAN
Tuesday 8th of Jan 2013
KUANTAN: Lynas Corporation is expecting the production of commercial rare earth products in a few weeks.
This follows the successful commissioning of its kiln to produce mixed rare earth sulphate.
“The process has achieved a recovery rate of more than 90% of contained rare earth oxides.
“The mixed rare earth sulphate is now being fed into the solvent extraction units for ultimate production of individual rare earth products,” Lynas said in a statement on its website yesterday.
It added that the production would be intensified in the next three months.
Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis hailed this as another significant milestone for the company.
“The safe and efficient operation of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) is now a reality.
“We are providing real-time data that assures people the plant is entirely safe for our local communities and the environment.
“We are excited to start creating value at the LAMP and we look forward to sharing that value with all our key stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate,” Curtis said in the statement.
The statement also said Lynas was now producing sufficient quantities of solid residue to start the production of synthetic gypsum and aggregate co-products.
It said this would enable co-product samples to be produced for testing and market trials for commericial distribution.
During a site visit last month, Lynas Malaysia managing director Datuk Mashal Ahmad said the company had spent RM10mil to build a synthetic aggregate plant to recycle the residue.
Lynas was issued a temporary operating licence effective from Sept 3 last year and announced that it had commenced operations on Nov 30.