Montréal, Québec (Marketwired - July 31, 2015) — Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM) (Quest) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $5 million grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support Quest’s operation of a large pilot plant to produce mixed rare earth metal oxides. The objective of the pilot plant project is to establish and confirm the process parameters and in particular Quest’s Selective Thermal Sulphation (STS) process at scaled-up commercial production levels.
Quest has developed an industrial process that efficiently and cost effectively produces high purity mixed rare earth metal oxides from both mined ore from its Strange Lake property and phosphor powder recovered from fluorescent light bulbs, helping solve a major environmental problem for landfills.
The Quest project team will be supported by technical and engineering experts from SGS Canada Inc. and COREM, both world-leading organizations devoted to mineral processing, Helmholtz Institute Freiburg for Resource Technology of Germany and RediMet LLC.
Pierre Lortie, Quest’s Executive Chairman stated "The SDTC financial support follows an extensive and rigorous evaluation of our eco-friendly STS process. Compared to alternative technologies, the superior efficiency of the STS process stems from the facts that it is (i) much simpler; (ii) it requires fewer reagents and lower reagent dosages; (iii) rare earth elements are separated from major contaminants (i.e. Fe, Al, Th, U); (iv) it minimizes process effluent and produces smaller quantities of inert residue; and (v) it entails lower capital and operating costs."
Rare earth metals are a key component of many cleantech technologies, including energy efficient electric motors, light-emitting diode (LED) lights and wind turbines. Rare earth metal oxides produced by Quest will be used in large part to meet the growing demand for more efficient permanent magnets.
The establishment of Quest’s industrial STS processing plant in Bécancour, Québec, will facilitate the creation of a new industry for Canada as well as open the opportunity to attract additional downstream businesses such as alloy and permanent magnet producers, as well as spark the development of R&D in rare earth processing and new applications at Canadian universities and research institutes.
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. ("Quest") is a Canadian-based company focused on becoming an integrated producer of rare earth metal oxides and a significant participant in the rare earth elements (REE) material supply chain. Quest is led by a management team with in-depth experience in chemical and metallurgical processing. Quest’s objective is the establishment of major hydrometallurgical and refining facilities in Bécancour, Québec, to separate and produce strategically critical rare earth metal oxides. These industrial facilities will process mineral concentrates extracted from Quest’s Strange Lake mining properties in northern Québec and recycle lamp phosphors utilizing Quest's efficient, eco-friendly selective thermal sulphating process.
This news release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information and statements may include, among others, statements regarding the future plans, objectives or performance of Quest, including the Strange Lake Rare Earth Project's technical and pre-economic feasibility, future financing by Quest, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In this news release, words such as "may," "would," "could," "will," "likely," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether— or the times at or by which—such future performance will be achieved. No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information will transpire or occur, including the development of the Strange Lake Rare Earth Project or any financing by Quest, or if any of them do so, what benefits Quest will derive from them.
Forward-looking statements and information are based on information available at the time, and/or management's good-faith belief with respect to future events, and are subject to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond Quest's control. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, estimates relating to capital costs and operating costs based upon anticipated tonnage and grades of resources to be mined and processed, and the expected recovery rates, together with those described under "Risk Factors" in Quest's final short-form prospectus dated July 9, 2014, under "Risk Factors" in Quest's annual information form dated January 27, 2015, and under "Risk Factors" in Quest's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2014, all of which are available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com, and could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. Quest does not intend, nor does Quest undertake any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements contained in this news release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except if required by applicable law.
Vice-President, Communications Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.