Ucore Rates Rare Earth Carbonate from Defense Metals’ Wicheeda Mine Suitable for Commercial Scale Processing

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU; OTCQX: UURAF) has announced the successful testing of a 26-tonne sample of mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC) from Defense Metals’ (TSXV: DEFN) Wicheeda Mine.

Rare Earth Carbonate

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU; OTCQX: UURAF) has announced the successful testing of a 26-tonne sample of mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC) from Defense Metals’ (TSXV: DEFN) Wicheeda Mine. The sample, evaluated at Ucore’s RapidSX commercialization and demonstration facility in Kingston, Ont., demonstrated qualities suitable for processing on a commercial scale. The positive results signal a significant milestone in North America’s quest for self-reliance in rare earth supply chains, reducing dependency on non-Western sources.

Ucore’s Validation of Wicheeda Project’s Potential

The Wicheeda Mine, situated 80 km from Prince George, B.C., boasts substantial measured and indicated resources of 34.2 million tonnes grading 2.02% total rare earth oxide (TREO), containing 699,000 tonnes TREO. Additionally, it holds an inferred resource of 11.1 million tonnes at 1.02% TREO, containing 113,000 tonnes TREO. Ucore’s successful testing underscores the Wicheeda project’s potential as a critical asset in North America’s rare earth supply chain.

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RapidSX Technology Paving the Way for Commercial Processing

Ucore’s proprietary RapidSX technology has emerged as a pivotal component in processing mixed rare earth carbonates efficiently. Mike Schrider, VP and COO of Ucore, emphasized the significance of the MREC’s high purity and acceptable spectrum of minor impurities. This achievement not only validates the feasibility of large-scale processing but also lays the groundwork for Ucore’s strategic metals complexes (SMCs) across North America.

Collaborative Opportunities in Rare Earth Supply Chain

The collaboration between Ucore and Defense Metals signifies a broader trend towards securing North America’s rare earth supply chain. Defense CEO Craig Taylor highlighted the Wicheeda project’s crucial role in reducing reliance on non-Western sources. With continued progress and collaboration, the Wicheeda project holds promise for bolstering domestic rare earth production and fostering strategic partnerships within the region.

The successful evaluation of mixed rare earth carbonate from Defense Metals’ Wicheeda Mine marks a significant step forward in North America’s quest for rare earth independence. Ucore’s validation of the project’s potential for commercial-scale processing, coupled with the promise of RapidSX technology, underscores the importance of domestic initiatives in securing critical mineral supply chains. As collaboration and progress continue, the Wicheeda project stands poised to play a vital role in shaping the future of North America’s rare earth industry.

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