Infrastructure Initiatives in More Than A Dozen Nations Point to Potential Boom in Demand for Critical Minerals Such as Niobium and Scandium
The U.S. and more than a dozen nations are considering plans to launch major infrastructure initiatives, which point to a potential long-term boom in demand for critical minerals such as niobium and scandium, according to NioCorp Developments.
NioCorp Receives Construction Air Permit from State of Nebraska for its Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project
NioCorp is pleased to announce that a final Construction Air Permit has been issued by the State of Nebraska for the Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project. In conjunction with the Special Use Permit issued in December 2019 by Johnson County, Nebraska, means that NioCorp is now positioned to launch construction activities at the Project site as soon as possible after Project financing is obtained.
Large integrated U.S.-based steel producer signs non-binding Letter of Intent with NioCorp for up to 25% of NioCorp’s production of ferroniobium over the first 10 years.
NioCorp is integrating key Environmental, Social, and Governance principles into the Elk Creek Project. Doing right by the environment while serving our society’s need for critical minerals is a core value of NioCorp.
We believe in strengthening our world and protecting the environment through superalloy materials like Niobium, Scandium, and Titanium. These critical minerals help improve fuel economy, increase safety, reduce harmful air emissions, protect our environment, and help keep the world safer and more secure.
The Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project is one of the few pure-play critical minerals projects in the U.S. with a definitive feasibility study completed and key U.S. federal permits already obtained. It is the highest grade niobium project in North America as well as one of the world's largest prospective scandium producers.
NioCorp is led by a Board of Directors comprised of distinguished and highly experienced leaders, including several with decades of experience in the mining and advanced materials spaces. Our management team is also highly experienced in designing, constructing, and operating critical minerals projects.
A publicly traded company currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:NB) and the US-based Over The Counter exchange (OTCQX:NIOBF), NioCorp represents a unique investment opportunity. NioCorp is a former TSX Venture 50® "Top Performer" among mining companies.
2019 Elk Creek Feasibility Study
The 2019 Elk Creek Feasibility Study shows that the Project is expected to deliver higher Net Present Value, stronger financial returns, accelerated cash flows, a longer mine life, higher production of all of NioCorp’s planned products in the first 10 years of operation, and a further reduction in execution risk and environmental impacts as compared to the 2017 Project Feasibility Study.
Our Critical Minerals
NioCorp plans to produce three minerals at its Elk Creek, Nebraska Project that are all considered “critical” by the U.S. Government. This makes the Elk Creek Project one of the few pure-play, greenfield critical minerals mines in the U.S. that have a NI-43-101 Feasibility Study completed and are ready for funding and construction.
The Elk Creek Critical Minerals Mine
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The Superalloy Blog
As the U.S. looks to repair crumbling infrastructure systems, I expect to see more high-performance steels (HPS) used in structures like bridges because of the many powerful benefits they deliver. HPS steels containing a small amount of ferroniobium – which NioCorp plans to produce in southeast Nebraska at our Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project once we are funded and in operation – are among the strongest and most durable steels on the market today.
If a $2 trillion U.S. infrastructure package is enacted, it could create a major, long-term demand boom for the critical minerals needed by infrastructure and advanced transportation systems, according to NioCorp’s CEO Mark Smith.
One global macro trend is highly likely to accelerate in the aftermath of COVID-19: increased investment in domestic materials supply chains as a means of reducing the reliance of Western nations on supply chains in developing nations. Asia’s dominance in many strategic supply chains has become painfully obvious since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted.
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