Mkango Resources has successfully completed the flotation pilot plant programme for the Songwe Hill Rare Earths project in Malawi.
Mkango’s flotation pilot plant programme has been completed at ALS Metallurgy in Perth, Australia, and was effective in scaling up a new, optimised flotation regime for the project. Pre-piloting test work is already underway in preparation for pilot testing of the front end of the hydrometallurgical processing flow sheet while discussions in relation to sites for a rare earth separation plant are ongoing, which will process the high grade, purified mixed rare earth carbonate produced at Songwe, enriched in high value neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium.
Rare earth prices continue to rise and concerns over security of supply provide a very favourable market backdrop, with accelerating demand geared to growth in electric vehicles, wind power and green technology applications.
According to William Dawes, CEO of Mkango, the smooth commissioning of the flotation pilot plant is a strong credit to the ALS Metallurgy team, as well as Mkango’s technical consultants and advisors. “The flotation pilot plant provides Mkango’s lead engineers, SENET (a DRA Global Group Company), with essential operating data for the Feasibility Study and to assist in engineering the Company’s commercial scale operation,” says Dawes.