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  • For years, Northern Minerals has suffered yearly decreased production at its Browns Range Pilot Plant due to wet weather road closure
  • The McGowan government has pledged $51 million in Kimberley region road infrastructure projects
  • This allocation of funding will yield a positive effect for Northern, allowing for potential increased of mineral production rates nearby

Northern Minerals has flaunted an incidental win in funding as the McGowan government pledges refurbished road infrastructure in the Kimberley region.

The government has pledged to spend $51 million on the Duncan Road and Gordon Downs Road, which are situated near the company’s Browns Range Pilot Plant Project.

As of now, the roads are of ‘low quality’, suffering yearly closures due to wet season flooding and rain for up to four months at a time.

The company’s Browns Range Plant is located in Northern WA and poised to become China’s first significant producer of rare earth metal dysprosium. The project consists of six separate deposits. Latest ore reserve estimates showed 8.98Mt at an average grade of 0.63 per cent.

For years the company has had to accomodate project plans for the yearly closures in the wet season.

Improved access to Duncan Road and Gordon Downs Road presents potential for increased annual production rates at the company’s plant and additional supplies of rare earth Carbonate.

Company managing director George Bauk says these upgrades will boost the region’s economy through increased exports of heavy rare earths carbonate to the Chinese market.

Bauk also expressed a thankful attitude towards Premier McGowan and the nation’s Prime Minister for the regional development choices.

Despite the announcement, Northern’s place in the ASX dropped 1.30 per cent this morning. Shares opened at 7.70 cents each and fell to 7.60 cents a piece shortly after.

Please see the ASX announcement for further details

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