Energy Fuels’ Strategic MOU with Astron: Shaping the Future of the U.S. Rare Earths Supply Chain


In a recent interview with Tracy Weslosky of Investor.News, Mark Chalmers, President, CEO, and Director of Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU | TSX: EFR), discusses their recently announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Astron Corporation Ltd. (ASX: ATR) for the joint venture development of the Donald Rare Earth and Mineral Sands Project in Victoria, Australia. This MOU, announced on December 27, 2023, is a key milestone in establishing a U.S.-centric rare earths supply chain, which is crucial for the country’s future needs.

The Donald Project promises to supply Energy Fuels with 7,000 to 14,000 metric tons of rare earth concentrate, using monazite sand from the deposit. Energy Fuels plans to process this at their White Mesa Mill in Utah, where they can handle the radioactive elements in monazite and extract valuable components like uranium. This positions them as a leader in the critical minerals.

Energy Fuels’ approach is cost-effective, leveraging existing infrastructure and skilled workforce in Utah. The initial phase of the project aims to produce 800 – 1,000 metric tons of the magnetic materials, Neodymium-Praseodymium (NdPr) oxide by Q1 2024, with plans for future expansion.

The U.S. government’s policy, set to restrict critical minerals sourced from Foreign Entities of Concern from 2025, highlights the significance of Energy Fuels’ project. As a leading U.S. producer of uranium, vanadium, and rare earth elements, the company plays a vital role in reducing U.S. dependence on foreign sources, particularly China.

This venture is expected to have a major impact on the electric vehicle and clean energy sectors in the U.S., offering a sustainable, competitive, and independent supply chain for critical minerals, essential for national security and technological progress. To access the complete interview, click here

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About Energy Fuels Inc.

Energy Fuels is a leading US-based critical minerals company. The Company, as the leading producer of uranium in the United States, mines uranium and produces natural uranium concentrates that are sold to major nuclear utilities for the production of carbon-free nuclear energy. Energy Fuels recently began production of advanced rare earth element (“REE“) materials, including mixed REE carbonate, and plans to produce commercial quantities of separated REE oxides in the future. Energy Fuels also produces vanadium from certain of its projects, as market conditions warrant, and is evaluating the recovery of radionuclides needed for emerging cancer treatments. Its corporate offices are in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver, and substantially all its assets and employees are in the United States. Energy Fuels holds two of America’s key uranium production centers: the White Mesa Mill in Utah and the Nichols Ranch in-situ recovery (“ISR“) Project in Wyoming. The White Mesa Mill is the only conventional uranium mill operating in the US today, has a licensed capacity of over 8 million pounds of U3O8 per year, and has the ability to produce vanadium when market conditions warrant, as well as REE products, from various uranium-bearing ores. The Nichols Ranch ISR Project is on standby and has a licensed capacity of 2 million pounds of U3O8 per year. The Company recently acquired the Bahia Project in Brazil, which is believed to have significant quantities of titanium (ilmenite and rutile), zirconium (zircon) and REE (monazite) minerals. In addition to the above production facilities, Energy Fuels also has one of the largest NI 43-101 compliant uranium resource portfolios in the US and several uranium and uranium/vanadium mining projects on standby and in various stages of permitting and development.

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    Rare Earths Investor

    “This MOU, announced on December 27, 2023, is a key milestone in establishing a U.S.-centric rare earths supply chain, which is crucial for the country’s future needs”.

    Yes, the race is on! MP, Lynas and REEMF all have feedstock and processing on the move destined for within US borders. Then we have Ucore with processing intentions and the CAD’s SRU already building out. These RE wannabees aren’t operating in a competitive vacuum in North America. The question is who may offtake with whom and who will have the financial wherewithal to bring these goals to fruition. GLTA – REI

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