Lynas: Australia wants conditions dropped

BANGKOK, Nov 4 -- Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison during a bilateral meeting at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre today. Mahathir leading the Malaysian delegation to the three-day 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Nonthaburi North West of Bangkok.--fotoBERNAMA (2019) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED

Exclusive report by LINDA KHOO HUI LI

BANGKOK, Nov 4  -- The Australian government is hoping that Malaysia will drop conditions imposed on rare earth company Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd operating in Gebeng, Kuantan.

This was among the matters raised in talks between Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit here today.

“They (Australian government) are hoping we will drop the conditions,” he told Malaysian media covering his participation in the regional gathering here today.

On Aug 15, Malaysia’s Atomic Energy Licensing Board (ALEB) announced that the operating license of Lynas had been renewed for another six months.

The renewal came with several major conditions including transferring the cracking and leaching process to another country and the construction of a permanent disposal facility.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said Lynas would need to upgrade its mining and processing methods of the raw materials before sending them to Malaysia.

“If there are additional processes in Australia, the raw materials will not be as it is today. The raw materials will be cleaner,” he said. 

Dr Mahathir reiterated that rare earth materials are not dangerous but people are mindful of a “bad experience” involving a rare earth metal extracting company in Perak back in the 1980s.

“We sent in a team of experts to examine the (Lynas) operation. They reported that it is not dangerous. The waste should be dealt with, but we cannot send it out as nobody wants it. The recommendation is to dispose of the waste in many different places so that the intensity of the radiation is not there,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said any move to close Lynas would be costly and would affect Foreign Direct Investment as investors would think that the government is not keeping to its words in approving projects.

“Lynas is an Australian company with a big investment running into billions. We cannot afford to ask them to go away,” he said.


    Other News

KeTSA to offer 1,000MW solar quota under LSS@MenTARI programme

IPOH, May 28 -- The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) via the Energy Commission (EC) will open a competitive bidding process for Large Scale Solar (LSS) programme by Malaysia Electricity Industry to Attract Renewable Energy Investment (LSS@MenTARI) starting May 31, 2020.

Toshiba's high-voltage intelligent power device helps lower motor power dissipation

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 -- Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation (Toshiba) has launched a high-voltage intelligent power device (IPD) housed in a small surface mount package.

Global energy investment expected to fall by record 20 percent in 2020 due to COVID-19 – IEA

MOSCOW, May 27  -- The world’s investment in the energy sector is projected to plummet by a record-high 20 percent year-on-year in 2020 as a consequence of the energy crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, Sputnik news agency quoted the International Energy Agency (IEA) as saying on Wednesday.

    Main Sponsor


© 2020 BERNAMA. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Security Policy This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed in any form except with the prior written permission of BERNAMA.

Best viewed in Firefox 58.0.1 (64-bit) & Chrome Version 63.0.3239.132 (Official Build) (64-bit) with 1920 x 1080 resolution

Contact us :
General [ +603-2693 9933, ]
Product/Service Enquiries [ +603-2050 4466, ]