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Alvo Minerals receives 'outstanding' metallurgical results for its Brazilian rare earth project

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Initial metallurgical testwork indicates for Alvo Minerals' Bluebush contains ionic adsorption clay rare earth element, said Managing Director Rob Smakman.

In early November Smakman was interviewed by Kitco Mining at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC 2023) in Sydney, Australia.

Smakman said the results were key for the company. The metallurgical test work shows that mining Bluebush would be simpler and processing costs would be lower.

“It’s the sector of the rare earths that are easier to produce and certainly more attainable for a junior company,” Smakman told Kitco.

“This is a significant step forward for Bluebush with the confirmation of ionic clay adsorption hosted mineralisation at both Boa Vista and Sao Bento,” Smakman said in the Nov. 2 news release. “The results are outstanding for initial metallurgical testwork with individual samples of MREs recovering up to 83%.”

Bluebush is on the northern half of the Serra Dourada granite, the same host rock as the Serra Verde ionic clay REE deposit, believed to be the only ionic clay project currently being commissioned outside of China.

“With samples from over 130 auger holes still in the lab, ongoing diamond drilling, regional exploration through handheld auger drilling and the initiation of the Loupe geophysical surveys, we expect there will be plenty to report leading into the end of CY2023 from the Bluebush Ionic REE Project,” Smakman concluded.

The company is funded for $3 million.

Kitco Mining's coverage of IMARC 2023 was sponsored by White Noise Communications.

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