KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — The rare earth processing plant at Lynas in Gebeng, Pahang has not exhibited any technical glitches, said Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) chief executive officer Dr Ahmad Ibrahim.
He said there was no obstacle preventing processing works to be carried out at the plant.
“ASM research found that there were no technical problems for Lynas to operate because sources, which would be processed from China and Australia, are the same sources which had been processed at the 50-year factory in France.
“Imagine that the factory has operated nearly 50 years in the tourism city, La Rochelle, in France, and is still strong and certified as safe... the factory in Gebeng is using similar technology,” he told Bernama after an interview with Radio 24 at Wisma Bernama here today.
La Rochelle, of France’s Rhodia group, is a pioneer in the rare earth business in that country.
It is the only integrated industrial company that carries out manufacturing operations and supplies raw materials via the rare earth factory in China.
On June 25, the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Lynas Advanced Materials Project tabled its report at the Dewan Rakyat, recommending that a temporary operating licence be issued to enable the factory to begin operations.
Among others, the report also recommended that the factory could process raw materials in stages and in limited amounts, and be continuously supervised by enforcement agencies. — Bernama