Kalgoorlie rare earths gets ministerial approval

Lynas Rare Earths

Aerial view of works completed in compliance with minor and preliminary works approval at Kalgoorlie Rare Earths Processing Facility. Image: Lynas Rare Earths

Preliminary implementation of Lynas Rare Earths’ Kalgoorlie processing facility has been approved after it was issued with a Ministerial Statement under the Environment Protection Act 1986 (WA).

The statement outlines the conditions for the construction and operation of the rare earths facility, which are consistent with initiatives proposed by Lynas.

“Lynas is very pleased to be progressing this important project to establish a critical minerals value added processing facility in Kalgoorlie which meets the strict environmental conditions of Western Australian regulators,” a statement from Lynas said.

“This is consistent with our environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach, our commitment to operating in a way that is safe for our people, our communities and the environment, and our objective to contribute positively to the communities in which we operate.”

Lynas has worked closely with all levels of government to ensure the Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility sustainably supports the Critical Minerals and Modern Manufacturing strategies of the Australian Government, the Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industries Strategy of the WA Government, and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s economic diversification plans.

Lynas is now working to finalise the secondary approvals required for project implementation.

In August 2020, Lynas signed a sub-lease with the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder for the 135-hectare area where the rare earths processing facility was constructed.

Construction began in mid-2021 when Lynas also awarded a contract to Metso Outotec for a new kiln at the project’s processing plant.

Lynas Rare Earths was established as an ethical and environmentally responsible producer of rare earth materials and is the world’s only significant producer of separated rare earth materials outside of China.

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