Good progress has been made regarding the preliminary feasibility study report on Zandkopsdrift, says Frontier Rare Earths.

The TSX-listed company has provided a progress update on the development of its Zandkopsdrift rare earth element project in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Zandkopsdrift is being developed by Frontier in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, the wholly-owned mining and natural resource investment arm of the South Korean Government.

The proposed Zandkopsdrift project comprises mining and processing activities at Zandkopsdrift to produce a mixed rare earth product, a seawater desalination plant to be located 35 km from the mine and a rare earth separation plant to be located at the deep water port of Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape Province of South Africa approximately 300 km from Zandkopsdrift.

Zandkopsdrift is expected to be one of the first new major producers of high purity separated rare earth oxides outside China, with a target total production capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum of separated rare earth oxides, and to become one of the largest producers of high demand critical rare earth oxides, which comprise dysprosium, terbium, europium, neodymium and yttrium in separated, high purity form, outside China.

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