NioCorp Developments Ltd. contracted Rockwell Automation to engineer, design and procure process automation and instrumentation for the former’s critical minerals, mining and processing facility in Elk Creek, Nebraska (United States). System integration will be provided through MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company that specializes in process automation solutions. Endress+Hauser, a strategic alliance partner, will provide field instrumentation including analysis, temperature, pressure, level and flow measurement devices, along with valves and related field devices and services. The Elk Creek Project is the highest-grade niobium deposit in North America, Rockwell reported. Once in production, the NioCorp facility will produce more than 7,000 mt of ferroniobium, 103 mt of scandium trioxide and over 11,000 mt of titanium dioxide per year, with a 32-year operating life, Rockwell reported.
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