Major Project Status for Mt Weld Rare Earths Processing Facility


A facility to separate the rare earths extracted from the Mt Weld mine, which are essential for wind turbines and electric vehicles, will soon be built.


Manufacturer’s Monthly is reporting the Mt Weld mine in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, is one of the largest producers of rare earths in the world, but the material extracted from the site is currently processed overseas.


“This new facility will bring that value-adding back to Australia so we can draw more value from our mineral resources,” the federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said.


The Mt Weld Rare Earths Processing Facility has been awarded Major Project Status by the federal government, which constitutes formal recognition of the strategic significance of a project to Australia.  The Mt Weld separation plant is due to be fully operational by mid-2023.


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