Projects

At Northern Minerals, we power technology. We own the only heavy rare earth mine in Australia, with these elements powering electric vehicles, in radar equipment, jet engines, and a number of military guidance systems.

 

Current Projects

The drive to reduce the world’s dependence upon fossil fuels and decrease carbon emissions, coupled with the growing demand for technology that is faster, smaller and more efficient, is expected to foster significant growth in the rare earths market in the coming decade. With primary approvals, community support and the use of mining best practices Northern Minerals is positioned to become the first significant world producer of dysprosium outside of China.

 

Browns Range

Located 160km south east of Halls Creek in northern Western Australia, the Browns Range Project (the Project) is positioned to become the first significant dysprosium producer outside of China.

Following a review in 2016, Northern Minerals developed a new business plan (ASX announcement 4 February 2016) to support the Project’s pathway to production. The plan separates the Project into three development stages and allows Northern Minerals to test the process and market the mixed RE carbonate product, then develop the Project to bankable feasibility study (BFS) level and finally build the full scale operation.

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Pipeline of Prospects

Other targeting work within the WA tenements has included geochemical soil sampling, airborne and ground geophysical surveys, regional mapping and geomechanical modelling. This has resulted in a number of additional targets being defined which require on-ground follow-up and possible drilling. Numerous geochemical soil anomalies remain untested in the Wolverine and Gambit areas, and geochemical soil sampling needs to be extended to cover areas in the north and south of the project area within WA.

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Boulder Ridge

Boulder Ridge is located on a 100% NTU owned tenement (EL29594) in the Tanami region of the Northern Territory, about 100km south east of the Browns Range Project. It is part of a tenement package which includes most of the eastern section of the Browns Range Dome, and extends southward toward the Tanami Gold mine. The tenements are contiguous with the Browns Range HRE project tenements.

Historical exploration activity at Boulder Ridge from the 1970s and 1980s has identified high grades of total rare earth oxides (TREO) from rock chip samples. The samples indicate xenotime mineralisation within quartz veins hosted by silicified and brecciated sandstone.

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John Galt

The John Galt Project comprises granted tenements E80/4298, E80/4671 and E80/4779, which covers a combined area of 177km². The project area is situated in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, approximately 200km south of Kununurra (28km south of Warmun) and 35km from the Great Northern Highway.

Northern Minerals has an option agreement with private company, Arnhem Resources Pty Ltd, providing the exclusive right to purchase a 100% interest in E80/4298, within which the John Galt Main Zone Heavy Rare Earth (HRE) prospect is located.

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Exploration

The drive to reduce the world’s dependence upon fossil fuels and decrease carbon emissions, coupled with the growing demand for technology that is faster, smaller and more efficient, is expected to foster significant growth in the rare earths market in the coming decade. With primary approvals, community support and the use of mining best practices, Northern Minerals is now the only heavy rare earth producer outside China.