VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medallion Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: MDL; OTCPK: MLLOF – “Medallion” or the “Company”), will receive up to $50,000 in funding from the federal government through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support the final major test work of its rare earth element (REE) extraction process development.
This test work project, with a total budget of about $80,000, will be carried out by the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and focus on processing routes and analysis of major waste streams, especially those containing radioactive elements. The non-dilutive NRC IRAP funding is projected to cover over 60% of project costs.
“Our process development work to date has demonstrated extraction and production of both a commercial-ready rare earth chemical concentrate and a phosphate by-product from monazite sand,” said Kurt Forrester, PhD, Medallion’s metallurgist. “The new test work to be undertaken by the SRC will produce discrete waste streams, allowing us to engage with processors and waste management firms to determine disposal options and costs related to uranium and thorium. Understanding this important aspect of material flow will enable us to estimate capital and operating costs on our proposed monazite REE extraction plant in North America.”
The funding will accelerate process development and be funded over a four-month period, starting February 1, 2019. In order to receive the contribution from NRC IRAP, Medallion must meet all conditions of the contribution, which include maintaining adequate records and submitting periodic status reports. More information can be found here: nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/
Medallion is developing a modern, safe and automated process to extract REEs from monazite tailing streams. Monazite sand is available as a by-product from heavy mineral sands mining operations and is recognized by the US Geological Survey as an important commercial source of REEs.
Medallion has established relationships with heavy-mineral sand miners and believes commercial agreements can be negotiated as plant design, available monazite feedstock and potential production volumes are aligned during 2019.
By-product monazite represents an important potential source of magnet metals to automakers and other industrial groups seeking alternative REE sources to offset China’s dominance of the rare earth production and processing value chain. Also, given the geopolitical sensitivity of rare earths and associated environmental issues, established mining groups are receptive to a safe and reliable outlet for their monazite tailing stream resources.
About Medallion Resources
Medallion Resources is pursuing near-term magnet metal production, firstly in North America, by exploiting by-product monazite. Monazite is a rare earth element (REE) mineral containing significant amounts of the key magnet metals neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr). NdPr is the key input material for the high-powered permanent rare earth magnets required for growing demands of vehicle electrification, wind power generation and robotics. Monazite is widely available as a by-product from heavy mineral sand mining operations and has a history as a commercial REE resource. Medallion is committed to following best practices and accepted international standards in all aspects of mineral transportation, processing and the safe management of waste materials. More about Medallion: medallionresources.com.
Contact: Donald Lay, President & CEO at +1.604.681.9558 or email@example.com.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Medallion management takes full responsibility for content and has prepared this news release. Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, such as statements regarding the efficiency of RES and the Company’s REE extraction methods, the continued partnership of Medallion and RES and the establishment of a North American production chain for the extraction of REEs. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including the risks related to market conditions and regulatory approval and other risks outlined in the Company’s management discussions and analysis of financial results. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in these statements. Also, in order to proceed with Medallion’s plans, additional funding will be necessary and, depending on market conditions, this funding may not be forthcoming on a schedule or on terms that facilitate Medallion’s plans. These forward looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and, other than as required by applicable securities laws, Medallion disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.