In the latter part of March 2011, the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources published details of the 2011 rare-earth production quotas. It was widely reported that the quota consisted of 93,800 t of rare-earth oxides (REOs), made up of 80,400 t of light REOs (LREOs) and 13,400 t of heavy REOs (HREOs).
The Ministry also published further detail of the quota allocations by province / region, as they have done for prior two years. Here is the breakdown:
|Province / Region||LREOs (t)||HREOs (t)||LREOs (t)||HREOs (t)||LREOs (t)||HREOs (t)|
Source: Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources
What’s interesting here is that while Inner Mongolia is still the designated primary source for LREOs, Sichuan and the other production areas make up over 35% of the total for proposed LREO production, slightly up from previous years.
Note also that these are the official production numbers, not taking into account the significant uncontrolled / illegal production that takes place.