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Australian rare earths miner Lynas has received a 14-metre long industrial-scale dryer at the Mt Weld rare earths mine in Western Australia (WA) that will be added to improve operational efficiency.

The dryer has been installed to improve the efficiency of producing rare earth concentrate and replacing manual drying of concentrate in the sun.

Lynas upstream vice-president Kam Leung said: “The use of the dryer at Mt Weld will provide a number of benefits to the Mt Weld operations, including less handling and lower transport costs. It will also result in an improved product for processing and increase opportunities for team members to focus on other projects.

“We are looking forward to seeing the benefits of reduced moisture levels and to continuing to improve our operations in line with our ongoing commitment to sustainable production.”

The fired kiln dryer is also expected to bring faster processing and is considered cost-efficient to producing concentrate at Mt Weld, helping reduce moisture levels before shipping.

This results in lower freight costs, improved materials handling as well as enhanced productivity.

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In May, Lynas restarted operations at its Malaysian plant after the country’s Prime Minister lifted Covid-19 restrictions.

In December last year, Lynas selected Kalgoorlie, WA as the strategic location to build its new cracking and leaching plant for rare earth minerals processing.