Vital Metals’ Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) hosts a world-class resource of 94.7Mt at 1.46% REO (measured, indicated and inferred). Nechalacho is about 100km southeast of Yellowknife.
The North T Zone at Nechalacho hosts a high-grade resource of 101,000 tonnes at 9.01% LREO (2.2% NdPr), making it one of the highest grade rare earths deposits in the world.
Vital is targeting production of rare earth oxide at Nechalacho in 2021, with early production from a North T starter pit. It has completed detailed engineering for the ore sorting plant, and defined capital and operating costs. Vital aims to produce a minimum of 5,000 tonnes of contained REO by 2025 at the project.
More than $120 million has been spent by previous owners on drilling, permitting and project development at Nechalacho, which includes a 40-person camp and airstrip. Nechalacho is fully permitted to commence mining and sorting operations at site. Total construction cost to produce rare earth carbonate at Nechalacho is A$20 million.
Site establishment works are on track to commence in September 2020, with mobilisation of a mining fleet to site in early CY2021.
Vital aims to be the largest independent supplier of clean mixed rare earth feedstock outside China.