Turkey’s Newfound Cache of Rare Earths Could Supply the World’s EVs and More

Turkey announced last week it discovered a massive rare earth reserve almost as big as the world’s largest in China. The find is reportedly so large that it could on its own satisfy global demand for decades.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the country found a supply of 694 million metric tons (765 million short tons) of rare earth minerals in Beylikova, Eskişehir. That reportedly makes Turkey’s rare earths reserve the world’s second-largest behind China, which has 800 million tons according to AA Energy. Deposits reportedly include 10 of the 17 rare earth elements and are close to the surface, which would simplify extraction.

Fatih Dönmez, the country’s Minister for Energy and Natural Resources said the construction of processing infrastructure will begin later this year after R&D concludes. When the mining and refinement industries are up and running, Turkey anticipates it’ll have the capability to process 570,000 metric tons of rare earths annually. That’s nearly double the 315,000 metric tons that The Conversation reports will be demanded globally in 2030.

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