Uncommon earth supplies mining and processing firm MP Supplies has been awarded a $35-million contract by way of the US Division of Protection (DoD) Industrial Base Evaluation and Sustainment Program to fund the constructing of a heavy uncommon earth component (HREE) processing facility at its Mountain Go web site in California. The commercial-scale facility will course of HREEs to be used within the everlasting magnets of EVs.
The corporate says Mountain Go is “North America’s solely lively and scaled uncommon earth manufacturing web site,” and features a dry tailings course of that recycles multiple billion liters of water per yr. In December of 2020, the DoD awarded the corporate a $9.6-million contract to revive gentle uncommon earth component (LREE) processing capabilities on the web site. The brand new HREE processing facility, the corporate says, will allow it to recycle all recoverable uncommon earths from magnet manufacturing scrap and outdated magnets.
The corporate plans to fabricate alloys and magnets from Mountain Go supplies at a facility it’s growing in Fort Price, Texas. In December of 2021, it signed a long-term settlement with GM to provide US-sourced and manufactured uncommon earth supplies, alloys and magnets for the GMC HUMMER EV, Cadillac LYRIQ, Chevrolet Silverado EV and extra fashions utilizing GM’s Ultium platform.
Supply: MP Supplies