KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 2019 : Rare earths producer Lynas Corp said today it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Texas-based Blue Line Corp to set up a rare earths separation facility in the United States.
Lynas’ move into the United States follows ongoing regulatory issues at its processing plant in Malaysia. The southeast Asian nation has told Lynas to remove years of accumulated waste at the plant in order to have its license renewed.
Lynas and Blue Line will cooperate over the next year to develop the processing facility in Texas. The venture will be majority owned by Lynas, the companies said in a joint statement.
Lynas is the world’s only major producer of rare earth minerals outside China. The materials produced by the company, such as neodymium-praseodymium, are used in a variety of applications such as electrical components and high-power magnets.
It did not give any details on the cost of the proposed U.S. facility.
The company last month reported a near 33% rise in its third-quarter production of rare earth oxides. – Reuters