High quality rare earth products
REEtec has developed a completely new and game changing process for manufacturing of high purity rare earth elements (REE). The company has proven the technology through a successful operation of a pilot unit, and has now completed an industrial scale demo-plant which is up and running at Herøya Industrial Park close to Porsgrunn, Norway.
The development of REEtec’s novel technology derives from an innovative, Norwegian chemistry community which through dedicated research has succeeded in bringing this new technology forward. The process combines high efficiency and competitive cost structure with best in class environmentally friendliness.
This means that REEtec recovers and reutilizes virtually all consumables in the production process. The energy demand is very low and electricity consumption is based 100 % on hydro-electric sources. REEtec’s technology allows us to produce high quality products with a much smaller impact on the environment than any conventional rare earth separation process.
REEtec offers high quality rare earth products. The portfolio covers most of the rare earth oxides and nitrates, and at various purity levels. All products are extensively analyzed and documented.
REEtec has successfully scaled the technology from laboratory to industrial production. Based on the experience gathered from running a pilot unit for four years, the company has completed an industrial scale demo unit at Herøya Industrial Park which is currently in operation. The project is receiving support from the Norwegian Research Council and Innovation Norway.
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Herøya Industrial Park is the perfect location for REEtec, with its industrial infrastructure, industrial partners and sub-contractors, local skills and services readily available.
David O’Brock named Commercial Director of REEtec
Effective January 2019, David O’Brock has joined REEtec in the capacity as Commercial Director. David has extensive experience from the REE industry and has served more than ten years on the management board of Silmet.
– We are very happy to have David O’Brock on board, said Sigve Sporstøl, CEO of REEtec. – With his experience and in depth knowledge of the REE industry, he will be a valuable asset to our organization as we enter into commercial production of REE elements, Sporstøl said.
David O’Brock has been involved with rare earth markets and processing since 1999. He served on the management board of the Estonian rare earth processing factory, Silmet (NPM Silmet) for more than a decade. He has extensive knowledge of the applications, processing of, and markets for rare earth elements. David and his team were able to successfully turn a secret, Soviet processing facility into a major source of non-Chinese rare earths with a world-class laboratory.
David will take responsibility for the commercial activities in regards to raw material feedstocks and finished products at REEtec.
Industrial co-operation with fertilizer giant Yara and customers
A project to extract rare earth elements at Yara’s fertilizer plant next door to REEtec at Herøya has been established. The research and innovation project called, SecREEts, which is a partnership between the two Norwegian companies and the research institute SINTEF, has been granted EUR 12,5 million in support under the EU Horizon 2020 program. The goal is to ensure a sustainable, stable and safe extraction and processing of rare earth elements.
The 650 000 tons phosphate rock used annually in Yara’s production contains rare earth elements which now ends up in the fertilizer – where they have no function. The plan is to extract these rare earth elements during the fertilizer production process at Yara. The resulting concentrate will then be separated by REEtec into high purity rare earth elements and hence creating value from an unused resource.
Other leading European REE companies participate in this project. UK based Less Common Metals (LCM) will produce metals and alloys from the oxides delivered by REEtec, and German, Vacuumschmelze (VAC), will use LCM alloys in their production of permanent magnets. Participating customers that will test magnets produced by VAC are Siemens, GE Health Care, and Grace.