Quest Rare Minerals (TSE:QRM) reported Thursday it has hired two operations personnel for its Strange Lake B-Zone rare earth development project in Quebec.
The new project members, Colin Lindsay and Mike Robart, will report to the vice president of operations, the company said in a statement.
With more than 30 years of experience in the mining sector, Lindsay holds a bachelor of science in the field of extractive metallurgy.
After 12 years in plant operations in the African Copper Belt following graduation, Lindsay moved to Namibia to join Rossing Uranium, as a technical and operations superintendent.
For the last six years Lindsay has been engineering manager for the Kabanga Nickel project.
Under his new role, he will be in charge of overall implementation
and the execution of a prefeasibility and feasibility study, the company
The second new member, Robart, will participate in the planning and
execution of metallurgical testing programs for the Strange Lake
He will also assist in analyzing the results of the metallurgical
testing programs, as well as with the development of process flow sheets
and the selection of process design criteria for the selected
Robart has expertise in solvent extraction metal recovery process
development and also has hands-on experience in design and execution of
pilot plant programs for the mining industry, Quest said.
"The addition of these new members to the operations team greatly
strengthens the technical expertise that is being brought to bear in the
development and advancement of the Strange Lake B Zone deposit through
the study phases," Reno Pressacco, vice president of operations, said in
Quest's Strange Lake, B-Zone deposit is located in Quebec and is one of the largest heavy rare earth resources in the world.
The mineral deposit is exposed at surface and amenable to a low-cost
open pit mine with the potential to provide a long-term, stable supply
of separated and refined heavy rare earths.
With its unique resource, the Strange Lake deposit has the potential
to contribute to lessening of the projected supply deficit in critical
Rare earths are a group elements critical in the development of clean
energy technologies including electronics, hybrid vehicles, permanent
magnets, green energy platforms and advanced technologies for national