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DRA Global supports Makuutu as it advances to development

The Board of Ionic Rare Earths has appointed DRA Global to support project delivery at its 60% owned Makuutu Heavy Rare Earths Project in Uganda.

“Our focus on the delivery of the Makuutu Heavy Rare Earths Project in Uganda positions us to provide a secure, sustainable, and traceable supply of magnet rare earth oxides,” Tim Harrison, MD at IonicRE, said.

“Along with our Belfast recycling facility, the Makuutu project is key to us harnessing our technology to accelerate our mining, refining and recycling of magnets and heavy rare earths which are critical for the energy transition, advanced manufacturing, and defence.”

DRA Group has a strong track record in Africa spanning almost four decades across a range of commodities, with deep expertise in the mining, minerals, and metals processing industries, as well as related infrastructure such as, water, and energy solutions.

DRA has assembled a strong team from South Africa, based in the Johannesburg office, who will work closely with IonicRE’s recently appointed COO, Dr Tommie van der Walt. Dr Van der Walt has worked with DRA Global on several African projects including the US$2 Billion Ahafo Mega-project in Ghana.

“DRA Global has successfully delivered several significant mining projects across Africa in varied commodities. DRA will identify any additional value and cost optimisation and ensure rigorous review of project parameters ahead of FID.”

“Their positive attitude to challenging conditions and environments, as well as their professional approach to project execution, has served me well in my role as Director for various projects,” Dr van der Walt said.