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Arafura Resources completes phase 5 of flow sheet pilot program

A definitive feasibility study (DFS) is being progressed for the Nolans NdPr Project.
pilot plant in operation at the ALS Perth lab
Phase 5 of 7 is now complete with phase 6 commencing within the week

Arafura Resources Ltd (ASX:ARU) has completed phase 5 in its flow sheet piloting program for its 100%-owned Nolans Neodymium-Praseodymium (NdPr) project in the Northern Territory.

This involved operation of the first of the company’s rare earth processing pilot plants, which ran continuously over a five-day period at facilities in Perth.

This phase of piloting takes NdPr-rich rare earth sulphate material through purification and precipitation processes to produce rare earth hydroxide.

Rare earth hydroxide precipitate produced from the pilot will feed the upcoming phase 6 (Rare Earth Dissolution and Evaporation) pilot plant.

This is scheduled to commence within a week.

READ: Arafura Resources outlines $3 million raising as it advances DFS for NdPr project

Most recently, Arafura and its partner Thor Mining PLC (ASX:THR) compiled a maiden resource for the historical Bonya Copper Mine deposit in the Northern Territory.

READ: Arafura Resources reveals maiden copper resource at Bonya

Arafura owns 60% of the tenement alongside operator Thor Mining (40%).

The small but moderately high-grade copper resource is a satellite to, and amenable for treatment in the proposed Molyhil process plant.

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