Hastings Yangibana Village

Yangibana Rare Earths project

NAIF Loan: Up to $220m. Investment Decision: December 2022

About the Project

NAIF’s loan will help develop the Yangibana Rare Earths project which comprises a mine site located the Gascoyne region of Western Australia and a hydrometallurgical plant located in Onslow, Western Australia.

The project is being developed by Hastings Technology Metals Limited.

The Yangibana project will produce up to 15,000 tonnes a year of neodymium and praseodymium concentrate for the international market. These components are typically used in products ranging from electric vehicles, wind turbines and robotics.

NAIF’s support of the Yangibana project will help deliver on the Australian Government’s agenda to support the critical minerals industry and further position Australia as a reliable supplier of speciality rare earth minerals.

NAIF had previously approved a loan of $140 million, however it has agreed to increase that amount to reflect rising costs and the recent strength of magnet rare earth prices.

Economic Impact

The Yangibana project is forecast to support 500 jobs during construction and 250 roles in operations, and create an estimated $1.26 billion in net public benefit for the Greater Gascoyne region.

Other project benefits include a range of committed improvements to regional water infrastructure, roads, communication and airstrip upgrades.

Indigenous Engagement

The proponent’s IES includes commitments to Indigenous employment through Hastings’ native title agreement as well as procurement and employment strategies.

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