Stans Corp (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF)(‘Stans’ or ‘The Company’) is pleased to announce the following update on the progress of: refurbishment at the company’s Kashka Rare Earth Processing Facility (KRP); formalization of the Company’s relationship with VNIIHT (Leading Research Institute of Chemical Technology); exploration activities at the Aktyuz Ore Field, and overall development of the Kutessay II project.
Selected Highlights of Stans Energy’s progress:
Key Personnel Updates
Kashka Rare Earth Plant improvements
Framework agreement with VNIIHT
Aktyuz Ore Filed Exploration Updates
Status of Strategic Partnership Discussions
Kalesay Beryllium Deposit
Boris Aryev, Stans’ Chief Operating Officer, comments; “These recent announcements demonstrate the expertise that Stans is employing towards resuming near term production at the Aktyuz Ore Field, specifically at Kutessay II. Through our exploration program and technical partnership with VNIIHT, Stans is rapidly compiling key assets and expertise to capitalize on the current elevated pricing scenario we see with Rare Earths. After completion of our feasibility studies, we will have a solid blueprint to realize long term value for all of our shareholders.”
Stans Energy Key Personnel Update
Stans is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Victor S. Kashtanov as the Director General of KRP. Mr. Kashtanov has invaluable experience with the technology of rare earth separation. Mr. Kashtanov recently served as the Senior Technologist of Kyrgyzaltyn OJSC, and had 26 years of experience at the Company’s Kyrgyz Mining and Metallurgical Complex. Mr. Kashtanov’s roles ranged from equipment operator, foreman, and chief foreman, culminating in his role as Head of Plant #2 for Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO) concentrate production, as well as the separation of light, medium and heavy REE concentrates. He was also responsible for production of high purity yttrium and luminophores.
Stans now has 54 employees in Kyrgyzstan including engineers, chemical technologists, geologists and various maintenance and administrative personnel employed by its subsidiaries: Stans Energy KG, Kutisay Mining and Kashka Rare Earth Processing Plant.
Kashka rare Earth Plant (KRP) Improvements
Stans has recently hired Mr. Victor Kashtanov to lead the team of experts to restart production of Heavy Rare Earth Elements (HREEs) from outsourced concentrates at Plant #3 in 2012, and to assist our engineering team in design of a new Plant #1 (a thorium clean-up facility) and solvent extraction plant with a 1500 t.p.y. capacity. Stans is actively engaged in the selection of an existing facility and site to host the new SX plant. Going forward the plan is to have both the first module of Plant #1 and the 500 t.p.y. SX plant in operation by 2013.
Process Engineering – VNIIHT
Recently Stans finalized a frame-work agreement with VNIIHT that specifically outlines the short and long term joint program of activities.
The agreement will be for a period of three years and may be automatically extended for subsequent years. The agreement outlines the implementation of joint activities such as:
- Creation and advancement of joint science-intensive and high technology projects
- Providing experts for conducting technological and economic examination of projects, conducting market research necessary for the commercialization of research and technology developments
- Processing of various types of ore and extraction of REE and possible by-products
- Environmental Protection
- Processing technogenic waste
- Providing support in realization of joint programs in the area of education
- Development of innovative entrepreneurship based on Parties technologies
As announced on August 23rd, Stans commenced further exploratory diamond drilling at both the Kutessay II deposit and at the former Aktyuz mine. As of October 15th, Stans has completed 3 of 4 planned drill holes (DH) at the Kutessay II deposit to test the depth potential of known mineralization. The fourth hole will be completed by November 15th. The assay of the cores and full report will be published by the end of December.
A second diamond drill will be put into operation this week to start drilling two drill holes totaling 1100m at the former Aktyuz Mine to explore lower horizons with known historical rare earth mineralization. Further exploratory drilling of an additional 400m will be undertaken to explore other untested anomalies in the Aktyuz Ore Field. The two drilling programs will be completed by December 15th and a report will be ready by the end of January 2012.
Strategic Partnership Discussions Initiated
Throughout 2010 and 2011, Stans has been approached by various Fortune 100 companies and governmental agencies that have expressed interest in developing strategic partnerships in respect to its Kutessay II project in Kyrgyzstan. These firms have the ability to assist with financial, technical, marketing and other necessary prerequisites that would accelerate early production at Kutessay II.
Stans conducted site visits with the representatives of various potential strategic partners in April, July, August and October 2011, and is planning to host another site visit in early November. The company is working towards signing agreements with one or more of these strategic partners, and will be releasing information as it becomes available.
The resampling program for the Kalesay Beryllium deposit completed earlier this year returned results that were inconsistent and could not be used to confirm the historical Soviet data. The sampling was conducted on an area that was open to weathering, so new sampling must done closer to the middle of the deposit. Stans has decided to reopen the underground workings to test the beryllium mineralization closer to the core of the deposit. Stans has contracted Prospecting LLC to do this work and has submitted an application to the Kyrgyz government to reopen these underground workings for further sampling.
VNIIHT has developed technologies and technological schemes of individual REE production out of different types of raw materials which were implemented at plants in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Estonia. REE technologies developed at VNIIHT became the production cycle for over 20 hydrometallurgical plants. Over 2600 inventors’ certificates and patents have been issued. Of the 1000 employees at VNIIHT, over 100 are PhDs.
About Stans Energy
Stans Energy is a resource development company focused on progressing Heavy Rare Earth (HRE) properties in areas of the Former Soviet Union. In December 2009, Stans acquired a 20-year mining license for the past-producing Kutessay II rare earth mine from the Kyrgyz Republic. On May 26, 2011 Stans completed the purchase of the Kashka Rare Earth Processing Plant (KRP) the same plant that historically refined REEs from the Kutessay-II open pit mine. The KRP was the only hard rock plant to produce all rare earth elements outside of China, producing 120 different metals, alloys, and oxides. For over 30 years, Kutessay II produced 80% of the rare earth metals for the former Soviet Union.
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