Rare Earths

Rare earth elements form a series of seventeen chemically similar metals and are generally classified into three categories: light, medium and heavy. They are found in distinct ore bodies and have unique chemical, magnetic and luminescent properties. This means that the processing route for the recovery of rare earth metals is project specific. Light rare earths are predominantly produced in the form of bastnasite ((REE)CO3F) where it is a by-product of iron ore mining. Other rare earth mineral products include monazite and xenotime ((REE)PO4 dimorphs), which are usually obtained as by-products of titanium minerals and tin production.

Due to their unique characteristics, such as magnetic and optical properties, rare earths are used in a diverse range of applications including electronics, ceramics, magnets, batteries, steel alloys and as catalysts.

Range of Rare Earths Capabilities:

  • Metallurgical testplans
  • Project management
  • Metallurgical summary reports
  • Flowsheets
  • Mass balances
  • P&IDs
  • Vendor evaluation
  • Project implementation
  • Engineering studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Process description/Equipment lists
  • Detailed design
rare earths

Please send through your enquiry today via email to info@metsengineering.com and we will call you to discuss your project.

Rare Earths Project Experience:

ConfidentialGreenland ProjectConfidential
ConfidentialGreen BronerConfidential
ConfidentialMoroccan Niobium ProjectConfidential
ConfidentialMt WeldDue DIligence
ConfidentialBrockman Rare Earth ProjectConfidential
ConfidentialCummins Range REO ProjectConfidential
ConfidentialAztec Rare Earth ProjectConfidential
ConfidentialTexas Rare Earth ProjectConfidential
ConfidentialLynas ProjectConfidential

Sharing Our Knowledge:

Rare Earth Elements Course

We offer a one day course that gives participants increased technical knowledge. A wide range of aspects regarding REE are discussed, ranging from the basics of what they are, through to the methods of mining, separating, converting, refining and purifying. Read more about our course here.