Pensana Plc (LSE: PRE) (“Pensana” or “the Company”) today announces the
Company has adopted a business plan to seek to establish, subject to funding, a world-class, independent and sustainable supply chain of the rare earth metals vital for electric vehicle, wind turbine and other strategic industries.
• Plans to establish the world’s first sustainable rare earth separation
facility at the “plug and play” Saltend Chemicals Park (“SCP”) in Humber,
UK, and with a target production of circa 12,500 annualised tonnes of rare
earth oxides, including 4,500 tonnes of magnet metal rare earth oxides
(“NdPr”), which would represent approximately 5% of 2025 projected
• Plans to establish the Saltend rare earth separation facility (“Saltend”) as
the world’s first major separation facility established in over a decade and
which would be one of only three major producers located outside China.
The planned US$125 million facility would create over 100 direct jobs
processing purified rare earth sulphates, which would be imported from
the Company’s state-of-the-art Longonjo mine in Angola.
• Benefitting from the recently awarded Humber Freeport status, Saltend
has the potential to bring high value manufacturing jobs back to the UK
and, through Pensana’s plans, could become one of the world’s largest
rare earth processing hubs, importing sustainably, globally sourced
feedstock and processing it into valuable oxide and metal products for
consumption by European OEMs and beyond.Pensana’s Chairman, Paul Atherley commented:
“Saltend has the potential to become the first major separation facility to be
established in over a decade – one of only three major producers outside China
– at a critical juncture when Europe depends on China for 98% of its rare earth magnets. Saltend will initially seek to source high purity feedstock from the Company’s Longonjo mine and will look to take advantage of the recently granted Humber Freeport status to create a high value processing hub in the UK. The global rare earth market, driven by demand from industries including electric vehicles and offshore wind, is expected to increase five-fold by 2030 and the NdPr oxide price is forecast to increase at a CAGR of 4.8 – 9.9%, underpinning strong
economics for the investment.
With approvals in place for both Saltend and Longonjo, we are looking to
commence the development of both projects later this year.”
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