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Pensana Rare Earths appoints COO

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Pensana Rare Earths has appointed Rocky Smith as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to establish the world’s first major rare earth processing facility in over 10 years.

Smith is a highly experienced Chemical Engineer with 35 years’ rare earths experience. He was Managing Director of Molycorp’s Mountain Pass rare earth project in California, US, which is now owned by New York Stock Exchange listed MP Materials.

Smith is one of the few western mining executives with in-depth knowledge of the rare earth industry, including the supply chain, operational start-up and running complex chemical processes.

At Mountain Pass, Rocky was responsible for building the project and delivering operational readiness. He established the training systems, Quality Management and in accordance with ‘Zero Harm’, the highest possible health, environment and safety performance standards.

Pensana has also announced the appointment of Roy Gordon as Metallurgical Manager. Gordon is a Senior Hydrometallurgist with more than 10 years’ experience across international projects in support of the High Value Manufacturing and advanced manufacturing economies.

Chairman Paul Atherley commented: “We warmly welcome Rocky and Roy to the growing Pensana management team ahead of our developments at Saltend and in Angola and our ambition to establish the world’s first fully sustainable mine to magnet supply chain.

“Rocky is a hugely talented Chemical Engineer with outstanding experience across the global rare earth industry. His knowledge in establishing processing operations will be extremely valuable as the Company commences development of the proposed processing facility at Saltend.

“We are also pleased to welcome Roy, who has previously worked with Rocky and will be a major contributor to the growing operational team.”

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