So much for that first post having been your first and last but your welcome as I think when they got my voice mail they figured they 'd better post just kidding. But yes you know THE WHOLE RARE EARTH WORLD READS THIS BOARD ....LOL... That includes GWMG management. Where else would you go if you wanted to know everything...Yes seems we are getting more attention everyday. That's good. Really glad they put this release out even though it's basically just news about upcoming news. For all that thought the separation plant was scraped I say not only is it not scraped it is expanded Maybe they are adding a little lab for Determinator (UCU's in house scientist) to work on SPE technology on the richest grade REE ore in the world fomr the Steen mine. Seriously though the Company made the decision to increase the amount of land designated for the separation plant to 19.9 hectares on the advice of  its technical advisor on the project, Ganzhou Qiandong Rare Earth Group Ltd. ("GQD").


October 31, 2012
Solvent Extraction Separation Plant:
The preliminary layouts for the solvent extraction separation plant have been completed in China. GWMG will now continue to develop those plans according to South African construction and operations standards.
The solvent extraction separation plant project is being overseen by GWMG Vice-President, Metallurgy Baodong Zhao, Technical Consultant Xinbin Rui, Rare Earth Extraction Co. Ltd. (“Rareco”) Technical Manager Witker Zimba, GWMG Vice-President Operations Richard Hogan and Rareco Operations General Manager Vic Fitzmaurice.
Saponification method of acidic extract for separating rare earth - China Patent 200710025472
Rui Xinbin
Rui Xinbin
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Saponification of extracting liquid, especially for acid one of trcacting earth-rare to be separated, is carried out by: (1) mixing acid extracting material with diluting agent as acid extracting ...
... liquid, (2) adding water into magnesium oxide as saponifying liquid, and (3) mixing the both liquid said above and stirring uniformly, taking upper saponified organic-phase solution as acid extracting liquid. The advantages include (1) cheaper than ammonia and sodium hydroxide and by-product with simple components to be treated and recovered easily, and (2) widely available, e.g., hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid or nitric acid system.
Title: Saponification method of acidic extract for separating rare earth
Patent Office: State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C. English Language Patents (SIPO)
Application Number: 200710025472
Publication Number: 101100707
Application Date: 2007-08-01
Publication Date: 2008-01-09
Sorry but want to emphasize this point that as Gary said we have the in house expertise to separate we just needed help with the plant design/ layout so to speak so we could build it and it will work when we flip the switch on.
Baodong Zhao Ph.D., M.Eng., P.Eng.
Vice-President, Metallurgy 
Currently oversees all aspects of metallurgy including the development of cost effective techniques to optimize the processing of rare earth minerals for different projects.
Graduated with a B.Eng. and a M.Eng. in Physical Chemistry in Metallurgical Processes, with the special focus on rare earth mineral processing and separation, from University of Science and Technology Beijing;
later with a PhD in Chemistry (specialized in Surface and Materials Electrochemistry) from Queen's University at Kingston, ON.
More than 20 years of experience in R&D and design of new metallurgical processes, project implementation, optimization and management as a Senior Engineer/Metallurgist for various companies
A patent holder for a solvent extraction technology to recover and separate rare earth.