DRA Global is to carry out the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for Hastings Technology Metals’ Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia.
Yangibana will be Hastings’ first rare earths project on the Australian continent, containing substantial neodymium and praseodymium resources, according to DRA.
The project currently spans approximately 650 km² and is located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. A definitive feasibility study (DFS) in 2017, based on a 5.15 Mt reserve, detailed a production rate of 1 Mt/y to produce up to 15,000 t/y of mixed rare earths carbonate.
Following this, Hastings has undertaken to develop the project further, specifically the first phase of the processing plant. The site plot plan has been approved and is ready for detailed engineering and execution to proceed.
The flowsheet for this initial project will comprise of two key elements; beneficiation and hydrometallurgy. This FEED scope of work shall progress the process plant engineering design and place long lead equipment orders to obtain vendor data to progress engineering in critical areas.
“A further outcome of this scope of work will be to define the requirements for detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the Yangibana rare earths project processing facility,” DRA said.
The scope of work will also progress engineering and update the project cost estimate for the processing facility. This element of the project has been fast tracked by Hastings Technology, with the first phase expected to be completed by the end of December.
Hannes Zandberg, Project Director at Hastings Technology, said: “DRA brings decades of engineering experience to this project and has a globally proven track record. This has allowed us to set some tight deadlines and, although it is a challenge, our close working partnership with DRA inspires confidence. We are certain that this FEED phase will have a successful outcome and will lead to future collaboration on the Yangibana project.”