Shires Back Roads for Rare Earths

Published on Tuesday, 8 November 2022 at 12:59:14 PM

Shires Back Roads for Rare Earths

The Shire of Upper Gascoyne along with our neighbours the Shire of Carnarvon and the Shire of Ashburton have backed the development of Hastings Technology Metals Yangibana Rare Earths Project and Onslow Hydrometallurgical Plant in execution of a Road User Agreement.

The three Shires spanning the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions are hosting the Yangibana and Onslow projects for Hastings Technology Metals, Australia’s next rare earths producer.
Hastings will use a dedicated road nominated by all four parties for the regular transport of freight and product in servicing the construction and operation of the mining operation.

At Yangibana in the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, open pit mining and production of Rare Earths concentrate will be undertaken and trucked to Onslow.

Downstream, at the Onslow Plant in the Pilbara, Mixed Rare Earths Carbonate will be produced rich in NdPr (neodymium & praseodymium) and will be exported to global customers.

The additional volume of traffic that will result from Hastings’ use of roads will incur expenses in upgrading, repairing and maintaining the roads. The Agreements with the Shires details the requirements for Hastings’ road access, road upgrades and road maintenance to the required standards and satisfaction of the Shires.

Shire of Upper Gascoyne Shire President Cr Don Hammarquist

Shire of Upper Gascoyne President Dom Hammarquist said the benefits of the Yangibana Project will be profound for residents, the community and the Shire.
“We are excited to be working with Hastings Technology Metals. We see employment opportunities, service provision opportunities and growth within our Shire.”

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