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Paulwell tours rare earth project site

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2013 | 2:20 PM

The Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says he is pleased with the progress of the pilot plant for the rare earth project.



The project entails the processing of the red mud by-product from bauxite mining activities, to extract rare earth elements.



Paulwell toured the plant, which is located at the Jamaica Bauxite Institute, this morning.



He told reporters that negotiations on the commercialisation of the rare earth elements will take place at a later date.



Paulwell has described the project as an amazing prospect for the country.



The plant is expected to become operational by the end of this month.



Ground was broken for the pilot plant in early February 2013, and construction was completed last month.



The total cost for the establishment of the pilot plant is approximately $500 million.



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