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Vital Metals (ASX:VML) - General Manager, Mathew Edler (left) and TOMRA’s Jeremy Catholique (right)
General Manager, Mathew Edler (left) and TOMRA’s Jeremy Catholique (right)
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  • Vital Metals (VML) concludes its first month of rare earths production at the Nechalacho Canada project with encouraging mineralisation intercepts
  • The company says the finds at the North T pit could provide opportunities for an expanded mining plan
  • Ore processing has “exceeded expectations”, despite only working through its low-grade stockpile so far
  • Vital is targeting an October completion date for its first mining campaign
  • Vital Metals shares are up 5.56 per cent to trade at 5.7 cents

Vital Metals (VML) has concluded its first month of rare earths production at the Nechalacho Canada project with encouraging mineralisation intercepts.

The company describes Nechalacho project as a high grade, light rare earth project located at Nechalacho in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Intersections identified within the North T pit are not included in its existing high-grade mineral resource, leading Vital to believe the new material could provide opportunities for an expanded mining plan.

Vital was targeting a concentrate specification of above 35 per cent total rare earth oxides and said the sorted performed as expected, inferring it may have met this target.

Vital said ore processing had “exceeded expectations”, despite only working through its low-grade stockpile so far and is set to start working through high and medium grade stockpiles this month.

Mining activities have been focussed primarily on removing overburden and establishing infrastructure with its first mining campaign targeting an October completion date.

According to Vital, works at the operation mark the first time a First Nations business has extracted mineral resources from Canada, with Det’on Nahanni Construction Ltd — a YKDFN-owned business — completing contract mining at the site.

Vital Metals shares were up 5.56 per cent at 11:45 am AEST to trade at 5.7 cents.

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