ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITIES
BioLantanidos Project has been developed with a sustainable view in all its stages, in order to make efficient use of critical resources such as water and energy.
For this purpose, the Project has developed an extraction method of rare earths unique in the world, called Close Continuous Leaching Process (CCLP), which allows to achieve high recovery rates at a low cost and with a low use of resources (both water and chemicals used in the process are recirculated).
THE PROJECT IS LOCATED 100% ON FOREST LAND
→ Predominant area of exotic species.
→ Rural zone with absence of communities
→ Operations will be developed in specific sectors and mostly using internal roads.
IT OPERATES BASED ON A PROPIETARY EXTRACTION PROCESS OF CLOSED CYCLES (CCLP):
→ Reuse of water and chemicals.
→ Low water consumption.
→ The water steam generated in its stages will be converted into energy.
Areas of extraction and disposal → Historically reforested areas → Intervened.
Delimited Areas → Less surface is required in relation to the traditional mining industry.
Disposal of processed ore → Successive washing in order to ensure its safety.
→ Doesn’t use explosives (no blasting, crushing or grinding).
→ Doesn’t discharge liquid waste into the environment.
→ Doesn’t generate tailings.
WATER: BioLantanidos recirculates water and additives used in its process to operate with minimum resources.
RADIOACTIVITY: Mineral Processing in the Project does NOT concentrate radioactive material.
EMISSIONS: BioLantanidos has an efficient energy use and at the same time decreases its emissions, since it converts the water steam generated in its stages into process energy.
From it’s beginning, Biolantanidos has committed to ethical and responsible business practices.
That is why the company recognizes that maintaining its Social License to Operate is a fundamental aspect for the development of the project. Also, to support good relations between all the stakeholders of the project and the regulatory process, and follow legislative and policy changes that may impact operations is fundamental.
Since 2014, the Project has met with the local community; local, regional and national authorities; recieved more than 300 students; and participated in more than 40 congresses, seminars and talks to teach about the rare earths industry, its aplications in electromobility and renewable energies and the great opportunity it represents for Chile and South America to be one of the most competitive sources of these strategic minerals outside of China.