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  • Dignitaries shake hands after signing an international agreement.

    Saskatchewan critical mineral partnerships

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Canadian province signs strategic minerals partnership with France; Saskatchewan Research Council secures rare earths feedstock for Saskatoon processing plant. Saskatchewan's strategy to become a North American hub for the minerals and metals critical to clean energy and other future-leaning technologies was bolstered by two agreements signed on Monday. The first agreement was a letter of intent signed with France to explore, develop, and cooperate on new strategic mineral... Full story

  • Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at Vitals’ REE plant.

    Trudeau tours Vital rare earths plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    In a show of support for Canadian production of the minerals critical to clean energy technologies, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vital Metals Ltd.'s rare earth processing facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. "The world wants clean technology, and Canada has the resources, the expertise, and the skilled workers to meet that demand," Trudeau said during his Jan. 16 stop in Saskatchewan. "By developing and processing our critical minerals here in Canada – the f...

  • Jars of colorful terbium, dysprosium, holmium, and erbium rare earth oxides.

    Canada doubles down on rare earths tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    NRCan invests $5 million in SRC's REE separation plant. With a C$5 million (US$3.7 million) investment into Saskatchewan Research Council's (SRC) rare earth processing and separation facility in Saskatoon, Sask., Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is doubling down on its support of technologies that will help bolster Canada's leadership in responsible production of critical minerals needed for the clean energy and digital economy. "Separating these rare earths is instrumental in...

  • Rendering of an eVinci installed at an industrial site during the winter.

    Canada's first eVinci microreactor coming

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Saskatchewan is investing C$80M to build a 5 MW "eVinci battery" demo in province. Saskatchewan is investing C$80 million to become the home to Canada's first eVinci, a microreactor the province considers to be ideally suited for delivering zero-carbon electricity to communities, mines, and other off-grid industries. Designed and built by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, eVinci is essentially a 5-megawatt battery that can deliver electricity and heat for around eight years...

  • View across South Saskatchewan River; the Saskatoon city skyline at night.

    A rare earth supply chain master link

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Summit spotlights Saskatoon as an emerging rare earths hub in North America Saskatoon, a small city in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is emerging as the master link in a North American rare earth supply chain with connections in Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United States. This city of just over 300,000 people on the Canadian Prairies is not gaining notoriety as a major North American rare earth hub due to rich deposits of this suite of 15 enigmatic... Full story

  • Gallium in its crystal form at below 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Gallium may be more critical than realized

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    CO2 scrubbing liquid-metal catalyst is tech metal's latest amazing property From making smartphones smarter to transforming troublesome carbon dioxide into useful oxygen and high-value carbon products for batteries and other advanced products, gallium is an amazing tech metal lending its incredible qualities to high-performance computers, telecommunications, national security, and the environment. A soft silvery metal that will turn to liquid in the palm of your hand due to... Full story

  • An EV drives past wind turbines on a rural road to the mountains.

    Canada to feed a minerals hungry world

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    Develops strategy to be the world's critical minerals supplier of choice Understanding that the renewable energy and electric vehicle revolution offers a "generational opportunity for Canada and its world-class mining sector," Ottawa is leveraging the nation's wealth of critical minerals to become a powerhouse that feeds raw materials into resource-hungry clean energy and technology supply chains. "Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy will position Canada as the global supplier... Full story

  • Molten rare earth metal being poured into ingot molds.

    Canada first, SRC pours rare earth metal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Major step along the path to establishing Saskatchewan as rare earths hub In another milestone along the path to establishing a major rare earths hub in Saskatchewan, the province announced that the Saskatchewan Research Council poured the first rare earth metal ingots ever in Canada at the REE processing, separations, and metals facility it is developing near the city of Saskatoon. Saskatchewan's mission to become a leader in rare earths processing and production began with... Full story

  • Bottles of erbium, neodymium, and cerium REE oxides produced in Saskatchewan.

    Saskatchewan increases REE plant funding

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    To further support its strategy to establish Saskatchewan as a major hub for North America's rare earth supply chain, the provincial government is investing an additional C$20 million (US$15.5 million) into the rare earth processing facility that Saskatchewan Research Council is developing near Saskatoon. In the fall of 2020, the Saskatchewan government invested an initial C$31 million (US$24 million) for SRC to build the first facility in North America capable of upgrading...

  • A rare earths separation machine set up at a facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Vital start of Canadian rare earths plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    To forge the second link in a wholly North American rare earths supply chain, Vital Metals Ltd. has begun feeding ore mined from its Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories into a dense media separation plant at its new rare earths extraction facility in Saskatchewan, Canada. The first link in this REE supply chain was established when Vital began mining high-grade ore from Nechalacho last year, which made the Australia-based miner Canada's first and only producer of the...

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    Vital rare earths plant on pace for 2022 start

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Vital Metals Ltd. Oct. 5 reported that it expects its rare earth extraction facility in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to be ready to accept the first ore from the Nechalacho REE mine in Northwest Territories by the end of the year. "Our first shipment of ore is due to leave Nechalacho this month and we expect to start feeding into the plant before the end of CY2021, with commissioning to follow," said Vital Metals Managing Director Geoff Atkins. Commissioning of the...

  • Appia Energy Alces Lake gallium rare earth elements REE Canada Saskatchewan

    Exploring Alces Lake rare earths, gallium

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Appia Energy Corp. June 14 provided details of the largest exploration program so far at Alces Lake, a high-grade critical rare earth elements and gallium project in the Athabasca Basin area of northern Saskatchewan. Since its first detailed exploration program at Alces Lake in 2017, Appia has identified 74 rare earth, gallium, and uranium bearing surface zones and occurrences at the project, suggesting a robust critical minerals system across the 35,400-acre (14,300...

  • Appia Energy gallium rare earth elements REE Alces Lake 5G telecommunications

    High grade Alces Lake gallium confirmed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    A new round of analysis and testing has further confirmed amazingly high grades of gallium associated with the high-grade rare earth zones at Appia Energy Corp.'s Alces Lake property in northern Saskatchewan. An electron microprobe study conducted by the Saskatchewan Research Council successfully demonstrated that the rare earths-enriched monazite mineral from two separate zones and trends at Alces Lake was also enriched with gallium. Following up on the success of this...

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    Canada REE project enriched with gallium

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Appia Energy Corp. says recent testing shows that the rare earths-enriched monazite mineral at its Alces Lake project in northern Saskatchewan also hosts gallium, a semiconducting metal that will melt in the palm of your hand. An electron microprobe study conducted by the Saskatchewan Research Council successfully demonstrated that monazite from two separate high-grade rare earth zones and trends at Alces Lake – Ivan and WRCB – contain similar concentrations of gallium oxi...

  • Vital Metals REEtec rare earth elements REE Nechalacho Canada separation

    Power of partnerships rare earth strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Instead of the economies-of-scale strategy typically used to get a viable rare earths project into production, Australia-based Vital Metals Ltd. has taken a power-of-partnerships approach to rapidly begin supplying global markets with rare earth oxides from its Nechalacho project in Canada's Northwest Territories. Under this partnership strategy, Vital has contracted a local First Nations to do the mining. It will apply its own expertise to upgrade the ore to a REE... Full story

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    Saskatchewan REE separation plant coming

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Canada's first commercial rare earth processing facility is expected to be operational in Saskatchewan by 2022. The government of the central Canadian province announced it is investing C$31 million in a facility with the ability to both concentrate ore and separate the concentrates into individual rare earth elements. This will help to establish a rare earth supply chain in Saskatchewan and form a model for future commercialization of the province's rich REE resource...

  • Appia Energy Critical Minerals Alliances gallium Alces Lake Canada Saskatchewan

    Techy gallium overshadowed by rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Overshadowed by headline-grabbing rare earth elements, gallium is an underappreciated critical metal that is a vital ingredient in next-generation smartphones and communication networks, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), thin-film solar cells, and medical devices. "The development of gallium arsenide as a direct band-gap semiconductor in the 1960s led to what are now some of the most well-known uses of gallium – in feature-rich, application-intensive, third- and f... Full story

  • Saskatchewan Research Council REE rare earth elements SRC Alces Lake

    Saskatchewan rare earths plant on its way

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 7, 2021

    A year after the Saskatchewan government announced that it is investing C$31 million in a rare earths processing facility in the Canadian province, construction of this important segment in Canada's burgeoning REE supply chain is well underway. "Saskatchewan's new rare earth processing facility will be a catalyst to stimulate the resource sector in Saskatchewan and across Canada, providing the early-stage supply chain needed to generate cash-flow, investment and industrial... Full story