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COMMISSIONING COMMENCES AT VITAL’S SASKATOON
RARE EARTH EXTRACTION PLANT

Jun 23, 2022 | North of 60 News

HIGHLIGHTS
• Commissioning at Vital’s Saskatoon Rare Earth Extraction Plant commences, with ore
fed into the dense media separation (DMS) unit
• Commissioning and ramp-up of the Saskatoon Plant will occur over two distinct phases:
the product qualification phase before the throughput ramp-up phase commences
• Initial focus is production of 2.5 tonnes of rare earth carbonate at specification for
delivery to offtake partner REEtec in accordance with agreed qualification protocols
• Vital is targeting delivery of this product to REEtec in October 2022
• Phase 2 of plant commissioning will then commence with throughput ramp-up and
associated contract deliveries to REEtec
• Saskatoon facility will process rare earth ore mined at Vital’s Nechalacho project in
Northwest Territories, Canada
• Vital expects to ramp up production volumes at Saskatoon through two stages:
o Stage 1 throughput capacity of 1,000t/yr REO (ex-cerium), equivalent to 470t/yr
NdPr
o Stage 2 capacity of 2,000t/yr REO (ex-cerium), equivalent to 940t/yr NdPr
• Vital will supply REEtec with 750t/yr NdPr – or 75% of Saskatoon’s Stage 2 capacity

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