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Phase I complete at Commerce Resources’ rare earths pilot plant

by Greg Klein | April 20, 2015

Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE announced further rare earths metallurgical progress on April 20 with successful completion of the flotation mini-pilot plant for its Ashram deposit in northern Quebec. The program achieved both its goals by producing several kilograms of mixed rare earths concentrate and demonstrating flotation performance on a continuous basis. The Colorado facility processed approximately 4.3 tonnes from an Ashram bulk sample to produce about 1.4 tonnes of flotation concentrate for downstream processing.

The completion of the flotation pilot plant for the Ashram deposit is a significant milestone for the project. We now look forward to the downstream piloting that will begin shortly, as well as the production of several kilograms of mixed rare earth concentrate.—Chris Grove, president of Commerce Resources

Calling the program “a significant milestone for the project,” Commerce president Chris Grove said, “We now look forward to the downstream piloting that will begin shortly, as well as the production of several kilograms of mixed rare earth concentrate.”

In late March the company announced that bench scale testing had reduced consumption of three principal flotation reagents, resulting in potential cost cuts. Last week Commerce reported Ashram’s winter drill program had completed 22 holes and 2,650 metres. While advancing the project on two fronts, the company continues to move Ashram towards pre-feasibility.

In another development last month, the company filed an updated 43-101 technical report for its Blue River tantalum-niobium project in southeastern British Columbia, which has a 2011 preliminary economic assessment.

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