Saarani greenlights lanthanide mining project for September


Perak Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad says it has been proven that lanthanide is valuable and non-radioactive. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 24, 2022.

THE lanthanide mining project in Mukim Kenering, Gerik, Hulu Perak, is expected to begin in September, Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad said.

He said studies are being undertaken to make sure the project complies with the Department of Irrigation and Drainage’s environmental management, and erosion and sediment control plans to ensure that the project can operate without damaging the environment.

“Normally, the study will take three months but this is a high-impact project, so we will push for it to be expedited. Initially, our target was August, but now we are targeting September.

“Gerik District Council has given planning permission. It has been proven that lanthanide, which is a type of rare earth found in Hulu Perak, is valuable and non-radioactive,” he told a press conference in Ipoh today.




Saarani said there were several stages that needed to be followed before the report could be completed.

He also said several civil society groups and experts had also raised their concerns about the status of the land and that the project operates without damaging the environment.

“Last week, we were approached by industry experts who said there was a new method of mining and not just by drilling two holes. We hope to be able to turn this into a new source of income for the state government,” he added.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Takiyuddin Hassan was previously reported to have said that the project was expected to start this month, with the first production of the mineral expected in November. – Bernama, August 24, 2022.


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