Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lynas to move into INDUSTRIAL SCALE

After going through prolonged debate and protest on the setting up of Rare Earth processing plant in Pahang, Malaysia, Lynas says it is now ready to move into industrial scale. Meaning going full throttle in its capability. Not necessarily a bad thing although many have their reservation.

Lynas will produce 64,000 tonnes of Iron PhosphoGypsum per year under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Lynas Advance Materials Plant (LAMP) production. This means more than 5,000 tonnes of co-product on a monthly basis. Quite a big amount of gypsum to carefully handle everyday, if you ask me.

But just before you read further, let's look at the applications of Rare Earth in our daily life, as I've mentioned earlier in my previous articles:-

Rare earth use
RE applications which have became critical and play important roles in the way we live our life.
Credit: REITA

Lynas ready to move into industrial scale
Bernama, Aug 30, 2012

Lynas Corp Ltd is ready to move into industrial scale to test the co-product called Iron PhosphoGypsum, said its executive chairman Nicholas Curtis. He said Lynas will produce 64,000 tonnes of Iron PhosphoGypsum per year under Phase One and Phase Two of Lynas Advance Materials Plant (LAMP) production.

"The most likely application for Iron Phosphogypsum co-product is as road base aggregate. There are also applications for co-products in land rehabilitation and agriculture.

"Specific steps are already in place. We have commissioned a batch pilot plant, on site at the LAMP, to begin further refining the specific commercial applications together with customers in preparation for export," he told reporters in a conference call from Sydney, Australia today.

Lynas has completed the construction of Phase 1 in Pahang last Tuesday. Curtis said all of the specific directions Lynas has undertaken to commercialise these co-products are environmental-friendly.

"However, we hear the community's concern and understand the anxiety, and will undertake to seek export markets for these materials instead...We believe that marketing of these synthetic gypsum products will reduce deliver tangible sustainability goals for Lynas," he said.

Curtis also said that Lynas is voluntarily taking to extinguish this community concern by converting the plant residue material into valuable co-products and exporting these co-products from Malaysia.

He said Lynas is able to do so because the co-products are safe and useful to various industries - particularly the building and agricultural sector and similar to materials produced by the mineral and oil industries that operate today.

"We have made significant progress in our research and development work on the commercial applications of co-products.

"We believe Malaysia has rigorous standards around safety and the community can be assured their concerns are being adequately addressed and safety standards are properly enforced," he said.

On Lynas' determination to achieve its 'zero harm' goal, Curtis said it is a necessary condition of any operation that upholds safety as the number one concern and it is not just only to the employees but to the operations within the community. – Bernama

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