May 19, 2019 / 10:51 PM / a year ago

Australia's Lynas plans new processing facility in the U.S.

May 20 (Reuters) - Rare earth minerals miner Lynas Corp on Monday said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Blue Line Corp to set up a rare earths separation facility in the United States.

Lynas and Blue Line will cooperate over the next year to develop the facility in Texas. The venture will be majority owned by Lynas, the companies said in a joint statement.

Lynas' foray into the United States may be driven by regulatory issues with its facility in Malaysia. The company, which is subject to a $1.1 billion takeover offer from Australia's Wesfarmers Ltd, had in April said it was considering building new processing facilities. (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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