Commerce Resources (CCE.V) announced the execution of a MOU with Ucore Rare Metals (UCU.V) last month, whereby Ucore will try to determine if the REE concentrate from Commerce’s Ashram project in Québec could be used at the new rare earth separation facility.
Commerce will send small batches of rare eartch carbonate concentrate which will allow Ucore and IBC Advanced Technologies to conduct bench scale and pilot scale testing on the concentrate to determine the suitability of Ashram con as a feedstock for the separator.
Ucore seems to like Ashram due to its location in a safe jurisdiction and its size. The large deposit could indeed be a very appealing long-term supplier for the separating facility, and as Commerce has already completed a lot of work on its metallurgical test work and flowsheet, we hope to see some results from the Ucore test work sooner rather than later.
Yesterday, Commerce announced another MOU with Alexander Krupin, an expert in the recovery of niobium and tantalum projects. Commerce will ship a one tonne sample from the BC-based Upper Fir deposit to Estonia where Krupin will apply his proprietary technology to upgrade the tantalum and niobium values to saleable concentrates.