Work continues at the Beylikova Fluorite, Barite and Rare Earth Elements Plant of the Eti Mining Operations General Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, which ranks second in the world with 694 million tons of rare earth element reserves after the Bayan Obo field in China, which has a reserve of 800 million tons in the world.
In the enterprise, which has a total mining area of 17,600 decares, in 2011-2017, 125 thousand meters of drilling was carried out in 310 locations, 60 thousand samples were taken, and a reserve figure of 694 million tons was reached.
The assembly works of the pilot plant, where 1200 tons of ore will be processed annually, have been completed in the project, which was followed closely by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Fatih Dönmez. In the facility, 600 tons of rare earth element ore was also mined and made ready for processing.
“The assembly work of the pilot plant, where the ore will be processed, has been completed”
Beylikova Fluorite, Barite and Rare Earth Elements Operations Manager Lütfi Tozar said that Beylikova is the second largest field in the world with 694 million tons of rare earth elements reserves after Bayan Obo field in China.
Explaining that they reached 694 million tons of reserves as a result of their work in the field in 2011-2017, Tozar said:
“The assembly works of the pilot plant, where the ore will be processed, have been completed. We have started the commissioning work. Approximately 600 tons of ore that we will use in the pilot plant is ready on site. It has been mined. Our pilot plant has an annual ore processing capacity of 1200 tons. The fluorite, barite, rare earth elements in our ore we extract, which we There are mainly lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, samarium, gadolinium, europium, neodymium. These are at producible levels. In addition, 17 other rare earth elements are present in certain proportions. In addition, thorium will be processed in this facility. The elements we will obtain by processing the ore in this facility are high. Materials used in green energy conversion used in technology products, in the defense industry, laser, guidance systems, and all kinds of electronics, the most important feature of which is that there is no substitute for them.”
Tozar stated that they will be able to transport more ore to the pilot plant, apart from 600 tons of ready-made ore in case of need.
Expressing that the pilot plant is the first stage in the project, Tozar said, “After starting production at the pilot plant, our main goal is to establish a large plant that will process 570 thousand tons of ore and produce 10 thousand tons of rare earth oxides, 72 thousand fluorite, 70 thousand tons of barite and 250 tons of thorium. We are also planning this facility after the pilot facility works in a short time.” he said.
Lütfi Tozar underlined that new technologies can be produced thanks to rare earth elements.
Stating that the mines in question have strategic importance, Tozar said, “Countries, especially China and the USA, are struggling for the production of these mines. We are in an advantageous position because we have such a large field and reserve in our country.” said.
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The opening of the pilot facility, which was established on the field in the Beylikova district of Eskişehir, where rare earth elements used in fields such as aviation, defense and space industry, and biomedicine were discovered, will be opened today with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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