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Significant Milestone Achieved in Securing Over 90% Land Access Agreements for Makuutu Stage 1 MLA

Ionic Rare Earths Limited (“IonicRE” or “The Company”) (ASX: IXR) is pleased to advise progress in securing land access agreements for the Mining Licence Application (MLA) for the Stage One development of the Makuutu Rare Earths Project (“Makuutu”) over Retention Licence (RL) 1693 (application TN03834), through local Ugandan operating entity Rwenzori Rare Metals Limited (“RRM”).

  • Land access agreements now secured for over 92% of the full 44km2 Mining Licence Application (MLA) for the Stage One development of the Makuutu Project over Retention Licence (RL) 1693 (application TN03834);
  • Ugandan Government approved Rwenzori Rare Metals’ land access process on 15th September 2023 and progress indicates completion over the next 10 days;
  • Uganda’s Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM) agreement verification processes across TN03834 to start this week on site; and
  • Makuutu’s basket contains 71% magnet and heavy rare earths content, and is one of the most advanced heavy rare earth projects globally available as a source for new supply chains emerging across Europe, the US, and Asia.
The Ugandan government approved RRM’s proposed process to secure land access agreements on 15th September 2023. Land access agreements have now been secured for 92% of the MLA, comprising Bugweri District (94% completed), Bugiri District (84% completed) and Mayuge District (90% completed). Progress across all three districts is continuing rapidly and the Company expects to secure agreements covering close to 100% of the 44 km2 MLA area in the next ten days. Formal issuance of the Mining Licence can occur once land access has been verified by the DGSM (ASX: 20 October 2023). DGSM representatives will commence field-based activities in the communities to verify land access this week.

The Makuutu Heavy Rare Earths Project has the Government’s full support and is set to become Uganda’s flagship mine (refer also to IXR ASX release on the 11th of September for more detail).

The Company is not aware of any other requirements prior to the award of the Stage 1 mining licence over TN03834.

Figure 1: Makuutu Project area showing stage 1 MLA area at RL 1693 / TN03834, pending award.

Figure 2: Land access agreements being signed at Bugweri District, Makuutu Rare Earth Project.

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Rare earth metals are best classified as difficult to discover and extract. In 2019, nearly 60 percent of global annual production (an estimated 132,000 tonnes) came from China, with only 12.2 percent of production coming from the second largest producer, the United States. But, what are rare earth metals ? And why are they more important than ever?

Rare earth metals are classified into two categories: light and heavy. Light rare earth elements (LREEs) are commonly available and include lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium. Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) are more difficult to source (and therefore more expensive), and include samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, yttrium, and scandium.

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