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Lynas to relocate leaching and cracking facilities to Australia

The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, which processes rare earths is the biggest of its kind outside China.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — December 9, 2019: Rare-earth producer Lynas Corporation has confirmed that it will relocate its leaching and cracking facilities in Gebeng to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.

The location was chosen because it is not far from the company’s mine at Mt. Weld and the area offers skilled workforce, given its rich history in the mining and processing industries.

Lynas chief executive officer Amanda Lacaze said the company is excited to contribute to the economic development of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, adding that it looks forward to develop its relationship with several education institutions in Australia on the processing of critical minerals.

“We also acknowledge the support from the Western Australia government and the Australian government to enhance the critical minerals industry in the Kalgoorlie region,” said Lacaze.

The relocation of the facilities, to be done in four years, was part of the Malaysian government’s conditional greenlight that it gave in August for Lynas to continue its operation following a scrutiny by a review committee in December last year.

Responding to the statement by Lynas, Kalgoorlie-Boulder city council chief executive officer John Walker described the company’s decision as a “fantastic step forward” in the work that the council have been doing to diversify the local economy and expanding skilled residential jobs.

“There are so many exciting opportunities that this partnership brings about, and we look forward to working with all of the key stakeholders, including the state and federal governments to further support downstream processing here,” he said.

Lynas is the world’s largest rare-earth producer outside of China. Its headquarters is in Malaysia.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.