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Rare Earth Mineral Development with Ross Bhappu, Molycorp Chairman of the Board

  • 09 Nov 2011
  • 6:30 PM
  • Sheraton Tucson, 5151 E. Grant on the northeast corrner of Grant & Rosemont


  • Member of SME Tucson Section
  • Not a member to SME Tucson Section
  • Must be a current UA mining student and member of UA SME.

1 registration per individual. Please enter full first name, last name, and company - these will appear on your badge as entered.
Online RSVP is closed.  Please call Stacy Henrich (EEC) at (520) 289-8020 for late RSVP.  Thank you.

Rare Earth Mineral Development with Ross Bhappu, Partner with Resource Capital Funds and Chairman of the Board, Molycorp, Inc.

Mountain States R&D International

The Mountain Pass Mine has over 50 years of operating history but was shut down in 2002 when rare earth prices collapsed due to flooding of the market by low cost Chinese production.  In 2008, a consortium led by Resource Capital Funds purchased the mine and has since taken Molycorp public on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is currently modernizing the mine and has initiated a “Mine-to-Magnets” strategy that will make Mountain Pass one of the lowest cost rare earth mines in the world. This presentation will provide a summary of Molycorp and our plans to become a leader once again in the rare earth space.

About the Speaker: Ross Bhappu holds a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines and BS and MS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Resource Capital Funds in 2011, he was the president of a development stage copper company, director of business development at Newmont mining Corporation, and served in various technical and financial roles with Cyprus Minerals Company. He currently serves on several Board of Directors, including Chairman of Molycorp, Inc.

Registration Deadline is 12PM on Monday, Nov. 7

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Location: Sheraton Tucson at 5151 E. Grant -- northeast corner of Grant & Rosemont. Use Conference Center Entrance on west side of the hotel.

$22 SME Tucson members who reserve by deadline
$30 non-members who reserve by deadline.
Add $3 to above
($25/$33) for late RSVPs if space allows.
Free for current UA mining students who are UA SME members
Payable at the door by cash or check payable to SME Tucson
Cost does not include bar drinks. Cash bar is available.

Cancellations and No Shows: Please call or email by the registration deadline to cancel.  If you do not cancel your reservation by the deadline, SME is still required to pay for your dinner and you will in turn be billed. Thank you.

SME Tucson Section
PO Box 65931
Tucson, Arizona 85728
(520) 314-5066
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