TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire -03/15/12)- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX: QRM.TO - News)(AMEX: QRM.TO - News) is pleased to announce that it has hired two critical new operations personnel in support of the Strange Lake B-Zone rare earth development project. The new project members will report to the Vice President, Operations.
Colin Lindsay, Senior Project Manager
Mr. Lindsay will be responsible for the overall implementation, and execution of Quest's prefeasibility and feasibility studies. He has a B.Sc. in extractive metallurgy and over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. After 12 years in plant operations in the African Copper Belt following graduation, he moved to Namibia to join Rossing Uranium, as Technical and Operations Superintendent and then Manager of Metallurgy. He was there for 12 progressive years, expanding his technical and metallurgical skills to include hydrometallurgy and solvent extraction.
In 1992, he joined the Highland Valley Copper team in British Colombia, where he took on the role of Chief Metallurgist/Superintendant of Services and Projects. In 1996, he joined Falconbridge (now Xstrata) as the owners Project Manager responsible for the management of the EPCM contract for the design and construction of the 70,000 tonne per day Collahuasi copper concentrator. Following this he was part of the technical team overseeing the Collahuasi expansion project before returning to Canada in 2004. For the last six years he has been Engineering Manager for the Kabanga Nickel project.
Mike Robart, Process Engineer
In his new role, Mr. Robart will be participating in planning and execution of metallurgical testing programs in regards to the Strange Lake deposit, will assist in analyzing the results of metallurgical testing programs, will participate in development of process flow sheets and selection of process design criteria for the selected flowsheet, and will participate in the design, operation, and evaluation of results of a planned pilot plant. Mike has expertise in solvent extraction (SX) metal recovery process development as well as hands-on experience in design and execution of pilot plant programs for the mining industry.
Commenting on these recent developments, Reno Pressacco, Vice President Operations with Quest said, "The addition of these new members to the operations team greatly strengthens the technical expertise that is being brought to bear in the development and advancement of the Strange Lake B Zone deposit through the study phases. We look forward to the energy, creativity and contributions that both Colin and Mike will bring to the project as we work together to realize the full potential of this deposit."
"I am pleased to introduce the new project development members to the Quest Team," said Peter J. Cashin, Quest's President and CEO. "Their contribution will be crucial to our Strange Lake heavy rare earth project and is in keeping with Quest's intent to move the project forward to a development decision."
About Quest Rare Minerals
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. is a Canadian-based exploration company focused on the identification and discovery of new and significant Rare Earth deposit opportunities. Quest is publicly listed on the TSX and NYSE Amex as "QRM" and is led by a highly-respected management and technical team with a proven mine finding track record. Quest is currently advancing several high-potential projects in Canada's premier exploration areas: the Strange Lake and Misery Lake areas of northeastern Quebec. Quest's 2009 exploration led to the discovery of a significant new Rare Earth metal deposit, the B-Zone, on its Strange Lake property in northeastern Quebec. Quest recently filed a 43-101 Indicated and Inferred Resource Estimate on the B-Zone deposit and has completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the deposit. In addition, Quest announced the discovery of an important new area of REE mineralization on its Misery Lake project, approximately 120 km south of the Strange Lake project. Quest continues to pursue high-value project opportunities throughout North America. As a result of a marketed equity financing completed in October 2010, Quest has a strong working capital position of $42.5 million.
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