Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM,NYSE:QRM) produced a heavy rare earth plus yttrium (HREE+Y) concentrate and a separate light rare earth (LREE) concentrate, from its Strange Lake B-Zone Deposit. The HREE+Y has a purity level of approximately 84%, of which 75% is composed of yttrium oxide.
As quoted in the press release:
…it has produced a heavy rare earth plus yttrium (HREE+Y) concentrate with a purity level of approximately 84% from Quest’s metallurgical test work, of which 75% is composed of yttrium oxide. Quest anticipates that further improvements in product quality and recoveries will be made. Quest has also successfully produced a separate light rare earth (LREE) concentrate, and high-purity zirconia product using Strange Lake B-Zone materials from ongoing test work at Hazen Research and Process Research Ortech.
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. President and CEO, Peter Cashin, said:
The progress made by our production team in engineering marketable products from Strange Lake mineralization has been extremely encouraging. The test results from our pilot plant work have further solidified Quest’s vision of becoming a leading manufacturer of strategic minerals and metal oxide products. We will use these products to further advance our dialogues with potential strategic entities, joint venture partners and customers around the world. We believe our suite of high-quality products will provide a one-stop shop for our end users, with the substantial quantity and mine life to ensure long-term supply stability. These results are also major milestones to be included in our upcoming pre-feasibility study.