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Mkango Announces Major Milestone - Successful Completion of the Flotation Pilot Plant Programme for the Songwe Hill Rare Earths Project

LONDON and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mkango Resources Ltd. (AIM/TSX-V: MKA) (the "Company" or "Mkango") is pleased to announce the successful completion of the flotation pilot plant programme for the Songwe Hill Rare Earths project in Malawi (a??Songwea?? or the a??Projecta??).A 


Mkangoa??s flotation pilot plant programme has been completed at ALS Metallurgy in Perth, Australia, and was effective in scaling up a new, optimised flotation regime for the Project



The results of the flotation pilot programme will be announced in due course, and the flotation concentrate produced will be supplied to ANSTO in Australia for hydrometallurgical piloting



Pre-piloting test work is already underway at ANSTO in preparation for pilot testing of the front end of the hydrometallurgical processing flow sheet



Discussions in relation to sites for a rare earth separation plant are ongoing a?? this will process the high grade, purified mixed rare earth carbonate produced at Songwe, enriched in high value neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium



Rare earth prices continue to rise and concerns over security of supply provide a very favourable market backdrop, with accelerating demand geared to growth in electric vehicles, wind power and green technology applications


William Dawes, Chief Executive of Mkango, stated: a??We are very pleased to have completed this major milestone for the Project and look forward to updating the market when the results are available. The smooth commissioning of the flotation pilot plant is a strong credit to the ALS Metallurgy team, as well as Mkangoa??s technical consultants and advisors. The flotation pilot plant provides Mkangoa??s lead engineers, SENET (a DRA Global Group Company), with essential operating data for the Feasibility Study and to assist in engineering the Companya??s commercial scale operation.a??Scientific and technical information contained in this release has been approved and verified by Nicholas Dempers Pr.Eng (RSA) Reg. No 20150196, FSAIMM of SENET (a DRA Global Group Company), who is a "Qualified Person" in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.About Mkango Mkangoa??s corporate strategy is to develop new sustainable primary and secondary sources of neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium to supply accelerating demand from electric vehicles, wind turbines and other clean technologies. This integrated a??mine, refine, recyclea?? strategy differentiates Mkango from its peers, uniquely positioning the Company in the rare earths sector.
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