ELK CREEK PROJECT
Elk Creek Project Virtual Tour
NioCorp’s proposed Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Facility in southeast Nebraska is a groundbreaking project that will institute U.S. production of the superalloy metals Niobium and Scandium for the first time in decades, and bolster U.S. production of Titanium dioxide. What is the importance of these materials? How does NioCorp plan to produce them in Nebraska? What are the economic implications of this project to Nebraska and the world?
The following short video provides an overview of these topics as well as a virtual tour of the Elk Creek Project.
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