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Rare Earth Stockpile Sales: Vital Metals Limited Secures CAD 3 Million Deal

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Vital Metals Limited has reached a deal to sell rare earth material stockpiles to the in a breakthrough for the rare earth industry that keeps the inventory in Canada.

Vital Metals Limited (ASX: VML) (Vital Metals Or the Company), an emerging leader in the rare earth metals mining sector, has announced a significant milestone by securing an agreement to sell its stockpiled rare earth material to the SRC for CAD 3 million (approximately AUD 3.3 million). This transaction supersedes a deal announced in December 2023. The is from earlier mining activities on the Nechalacho REE Project. This sale process was facilitated by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

Vital Metals Managing Director Dr Geordie Mark said,

“This agreement highlights the strategic value and importance of the Nechalacho Rare Earth Elements Project and the prioritisation of a rare earths value chain in Canada.   

This sale is also beneficial in deriving value from our work at Nechalacho as we continue to advance the Tardiff Rare Earths deposit as a long-life, large-scale project with a Scoping Study to examine potential size and scalability of Tardiff on track for delivery by the end of 2024.”

Rare Earth Elements Industry Potential

The Rare Earth Elements (REEs) industry holds significant potential due to the element’s critical role in high-tech and green energy solutions. REEs are essential in manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs), where neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium are used in high-performance magnets for electric motors. The rapid expansion of the electric vehicles (EVs) market is driving the demand for these elements.

Additionally, the renewable energy sector relies heavily on REEs. As the world transitions towards renewable energy sources, the need for REEs will continue to grow.

Nechalacho Rare Earth Elements Project: A Strategic Asset in Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy

Strategically Located Nechalacho REEs Project-Rare Earth

Figure 1: Strategically Located Nechalacho REEs Project

The Government of Canada’s interaction highlights Nechalacho as a strategic Critical Minerals asset, and in which the Company looks to mature a pathway to maturing a North American Rare Earths Supply Chain. These elements are integral in the production of electric vehicles, advanced manufacturing, and defense technologies noting that with the maturation of the world into AIOT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) future other demands drivers for these elements are expected to surface.

The Nechalacho project is one of Canada’s most promising rare earth deposits located in the Northwest Territories. On a global context the majority of the value of rare earth demand are within the light rare earths, principally Nd and Pr, of which Nechalacho is a significant host. The development of the Nechalacho project is crucial for furnishing a domestic supply chain for rare earth oxides.

Within the bounds of the Nechalacho project is the substantial Tardiff deposit, where the company is planning to deliver a Scoping Study for in late 2024.

Investor Outlook

  • Vital Metals‘ successful agreement to sell its rare earth stockpile to SRC marks a significant achievement in the Company’s journey. It provides immediate financial benefits and strengthens Vital Metals’ role in Canada’s critical minerals sector
  • The Company expects to deliver a number of key milestones, which include new drill results, scoping study updates, and updated mineral resource and the completion of a scoping study on the Tardiff deposit by late 2024
  • The Company’s market capitalisation is AUD 23.58M as of June 17th, 2024

About Vital Metals

Vital Metals Limited is actively developing the Nechalacho Rare Earth Project in Canada’s Northwest Territories. This project holds substantial potential to establish a robust rare earth supply chain for North America, providing responsibly sourced critical minerals essential for driving the green economy transformation.

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