- Hastings announces its third MOU with Qiandong Rare Earth Group for the future supply of Mixed Rare Earth Carbonate from Hastings' Yangibana project in Western Australia.
- The parties have agreed to enter into discussions to formalise a commercial offtake agreement for Hastings to sell 1,500 tonnes of Mixed Rare Earth Carbonate (MREC) per annum to Qiandong Rare Earth Group.
- This third MOU agreement is for a period of three years with an option to extend for two years.
- Total of three MOUs signed so far represent approximately 40% of planned MREC annual production from Yangibana.
The Parties have undertaken to negotiate in good faith to reach agreement for a commercial offtake contract within 12 months from the date of the MOU. Pricing for the MREC will be based on a formula taking into account prevailing market prices prior to shipment.
Charles Lew, Hastings Executive Chairman, said "This third MOU for an offtake agreement with GQD provides confidence that a strong demand market exists for the Company's high quality NdPr product. Prices for NdPr have increased by approximately 85% in 2017. Our production samples from the pilot test work earlier in the year contained over 40% NdPr of Total REOs. The exciting news announcement over the weekend of China's plans to set a deadline for the ban of fossil fuel vehicles will accelerate the move towards electric vehicles. This follows similar announcement from France and the UK to ban fossil fuel powered cars. The trend towards the electrification of transportation will lead to an increase in the demand for NdPr through the next decade and beyond, and Hastings will be a new source of NdPr to the market."
The Parties have additionally acknowledged that any commercial offtake agreement is contingent on Hastings starting operations and production of MREC from the Yangibana mine, and with any additional conditions usually included in commercial off-take contracts.
Hastings estimates an annual production quantity of 15,000 tonnes of MREC, which it will sell to offtake partners, with production projected to commence in 2H 2019.
Qiandong Rare Earth Group( called "GQD" for short), is an established leading manufacturer of rare earth derived products. The company is located in China's ionic clay deposits region of Ganzhou and was founded in March 1988.
GQD, through its 11 subsidiary companies, has formed an advanced rare earth industrial supply chain from mining to finished components. GQD has been able to supply more than 60 different rare earth products and related materials, including rare earth oxides, metals, compounds, alloys, magnetic materials and phosphors, etc.
After nearly 30 years' development, GQD has established business relationships with multiple customers in Asia, America and Europe.
About Hastings Technology Metals Ltd
Hastings Technology Metals Ltd (ASX:HAS) (FRA:5AM) is a leading Australian rare earths company, with two rare earths projects hosting JORC-compliant resources in Western Australia.
- The Yangibana Project hosts JORC Resources totalling 20.56 million tonnes at 1.18% TREO (comprising Measured Resources of 3.79 million tonnes at 1.18% TREO, Indicated Resources of 8.24 million tonnes at 1.27% TREO and Inferred Resources of 8.53 million tonnes at 1.11% TREO), including 0.40% Nd2O3+Pr6O11.
- The Brockman deposit contains JORC Indicated and Inferred Resources totalling 41.4 million tonnes (comprising 32.3mt Indicated Resources and 9.1mt Inferred Resources) at 0.21% TREO, including 0.18% HREO, plus 0.36% Nb2O5 and 0.90% ZrO2.
- Rare earths are critical to a wide variety of current and new technologies, including smart phones, electric vehicles, wind turbines and energy efficient light bulbs.
- The Company aims to capitalise on the strong demand for rare earths permanent magnets created by expanding new technologies.
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