The focus of the agreement is to pilot test the beneficiation of ore extracted from Torngat’s Strange Lake Rare Earth project in Québec. This project is a critical driver for the electrification value chain, specifically the manufacturing of permanent magnets for electric motors, wind turbines and other low carbon technologies.
The process incorporates advanced technologies including x-ray sensor-based ore sorting, magnetic separation, and flotation, based on Metso’s proprietary and leading-edge technology. This work is being executed in close collaboration with GTK Mintec (Geological Survey of Finland).
“We are very pleased to expand this partnership with Metso, not only because of its world leading mineral processing expertise and capabilities, but also because of the values we share in our commitment to enabling sustainability and decarbonization in our operations and in our communities,” noted Dirk Naumann, President and CEO of Torngat.
The first phase of work will be completed by the end of 2023, resulting in the production of a rare earth concentrate. The next phase of work will use the rare earth concentrate to scale-up and optimize the subsequent process steps to produce a mixed rare earth solution, based on Metso’s leading expertise in acid and heat-based minerals processing and purification. Metso will also provide production scale engineering and offer technology and equipment solutions for future commercial operations with Torngat.
About Torngat Metals Ltd
Torngat (torngatmetals.com) is a private company developing the Strange Lake project in the Nunavik region of Québec to provide a long-term responsible supply of rare earths required for many high-tech and low-carbon technologies, including electric vehicles and wind turbines. Strong global market growth and a sustainable climate require new sources of responsible rare earth supply.
Metso (metso.com) is a frontrunner in providing sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. By helping our customers increase their productivity, improve their energy and water efficiency and environmental performance with our process and product expertise, we are the partner for positive change.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso employs over 16,000 people in close to 50 countries and sales for 2022 were about EUR 5.3 billion.
Contact: Koen Aberkrom, Director, Solutions Sales, Metso, T: +358 407356161 - E: koen.aberkrommogroup.com.