Meeka Metals (ASX:MEK) Reports Positive Rare Earth Metallurgical Tests – The Market Herald

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  • Meeka Metals (MEK) reports total rare earth mining of up to 82% from Circle Valley in Western Australia
  • The results come from the first rare earth metallurgical tests undertaken by ANSTO, completed between May and June on five composite samples from Circle Valley
  • The high-value magnetic rare earths were said to leach extremely well and were obtained using a hydrochloric acid concentration of 10% and a leach time of six hours at 50 degrees Celsius.
  • Further testing is currently underway to refine the company’s metallurgical processes
  • Meeka Metals plunges 1.85%, trading at 5.3 cents as of 12:30 p.m. AEST

Meeka Metals (MEK) reported total rare earth mining of up to 82% from Circle Valley in Western Australia.

The results come from the first rare earth metallurgical tests undertaken by ANSTO, completed between May and June on five composite samples from Circle Valley.

The work was carried out at different elevation heights and showed a total rare earth extraction of up to 82%, with an average of 76%.

High-value magnetic rare earths leached extremely well, achieving extraction levels of up to 86%, with an average of 82%. These results were obtained using a concentration of 10% hydrochloric acid and a leach time of six hours at 50 degrees Celsius.

Tests with sulfuric acid have shown about a 10% reduction in recoveries compared to hydrochloric acid.

Meeka’s managing director, Tim Davidson, said the drilling demonstrated shallow high-grade rare earths are ubiquitous across its 100% province-wide land package.

“With the metallurgical results now showing that there is a path to producing a commercial product, we expect to move these large-scale, high-grade projects forward at pace,” Mr. Davidson said.

“Given the prominent location, the geopolitically critical nature of the metals and the high level of permanent magnetic elements present, our projects are shaping up to be significant.”

Drilling has been planned for Cascade and Circle Valley to progress towards the delivery of a first mineral resource this fiscal year.

Further testing is currently underway to refine the company’s current metallurgical processes.

Meeka Metals fell 1.85%, trading at 5.3 cents as of 12:30 p.m. AEST.

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