Molycorp Announces Mechanical Completion and the Start of Commi

 
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Molycorp Announces Mechanical Completion and the Start of Commissioning of Both
the Chloralkali Plant and the Final Unit of Multi-Stage Cracking at Mountain
Pass 
Greenwood Village, CO US, October 02, 2013 /FSC/ - Molycorp, Inc (MCP -
NYSE),("Molycorp" or the "Company") today announced that the chloralkali plant
at Mountain Pass, California, is now mechanically complete and that full-scale
commissioning operations have commenced. 
The chloralkali plant will recycle wastewater and produce hydrochloric acid and
caustic soda used as part of the rare earth separations process.  Company
officials said that once fully operational and optimized, the chloralkali plant
is expected to help the facility achieve its cash production cost targets, which
the Company believes will make it competitive with the lowest cost producers
globally. 
The Company also confirmed that the final unit of its multi-stage cracking plant
at Mountain Pass is now mechanically complete and is being commissioned. The
unit is part of a multi-stage chemical process designed to increase the
facility's current rare earth recovery rates, increase production throughput,
and contribute to lower unit production costs. 
"These are the last major construction activities of Project Phoenix, the
re-build of Mountain Pass, and we expect these units to be commissioned and
enter into production in the fourth quarter of 2013," said Constantine
Karayannopoulos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Molycorp.  "Bringing
these units online will help us focus on increasing production while continuing
to reduce our production costs." 
For more information: 
Jim Sims, +1 (303) 843-8062
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Jim.Sims@Molycorp.com 
Brian Blackman, +1 (303) 843-8067
Vice President, Investor Relations
Brian.Blackman@Molycorp.com 
About Molycorp, Inc. 
Molycorp is the only advanced material manufacturer in the world that both
controls a world-class rare earth resource and can produce high-purity, custom
engineered rare earth products to meet increasingly demanding customer
specifications. A globally integrated manufacturer, the Company produces a wide
variety of specialized products from 13 different rare earths (lights and
heavies), five rare metals (gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum and niobium), and
the transition metals yttrium and zirconium.  With 27 locations across 11
countries, Molycorp produces rare earth magnetic materials through its Molycorp
Magnequench subsidiary, including neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnet powders,
used to manufacture bonded NdFeB permanent rare earth magnets. Through its joint
venture with Daido Steel and the Mitsubishi Corporation, Molycorp manufactures
next-generation, sintered NdFeB permanent rare earth magnets. The Company also
markets and sells a line of rare earth-based water treatment products through
its Molycorp Advanced Water Technologies subsidiary. For more information please
visit www.molycorp.com. 
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This release contains forward-looking statements that represent Molycorp's
beliefs, projections and predictions about future events or Molycorp's future
performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as
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unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause
Molycorp's actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to
differ materially from any future results, performance or achievement described
in or implied by such statements. 
Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results
described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:  the
potential need to secure additional capital to implement Molycorp's business
plans, and Molycorp's ability to successfully secure any such capital;
Molycorp's ability to complete its planned capital projects, such as its
modernization and expansion efforts, including the achievement of an initial
annual production rate of 19,050 metric tons at the Mountain Pass rare earth
mine and processing facility, which we refer to as the Molycorp Mountain Pass
facility, and reach full planned production rates for REO and other planned
downstream products, in each case within the projected time frame; the success
of Molycorp's cost mitigation efforts in connection with the modernization and
expansion efforts at the Molycorp Mountain Pass facility, which, if
unsuccessful, might cause its costs to exceed budget; the final costs of
Molycorp's planned capital projects, which may differ from estimated costs;
Molycorp's ability to successfully integrate Neo Material Technologies, Inc.
(now Molycorp Canada), with its operations; Molycorp's ability to achieve fully
the strategic and financial objectives related to the acquisition of Molycorp
Canada, including the acquisition's impact on Molycorp's financial condition and
results of operations; unexpected costs or liabilities that may arise from the
acquisition, ownership or operation of Molycorp Canada; risks and uncertainties
associated with intangible assets, including any future goodwill impairment
charges; market conditions, including prices and demand for Molycorp's products;
Molycorp's ability to control its working capital needs; foreign exchange rate
fluctuations; the development and commercialization of new products; unexpected
actions of domestic and foreign governments; various events which could disrupt
operations, including natural events and other risks; uncertainties associated
with Molycorp's reserve estimates and non-reserve deposit information, including
estimated mine life and annual production; uncertainties related to feasibility
studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures
and economic returns, REO prices, production costs and other expenses for
operations, which are subject to fluctuation; uncertainties regarding global
supply and demand for rare earths materials; uncertainties regarding the results
of Molycorp's exploratory drilling programs; Molycorp's ability to enter into
additional definitive agreements with its customers and its ability to maintain
customer relationships; Molycorp's sintered neodymium-iron-boron rare earth
magnet joint venture's ability to successfully manufacture magnets within its
expected timeframe; Molycorp's ability to successfully integrate other acquired
businesses; Molycorp's ability to maintain appropriate relations with unions and
employees; Molycorp's ability to successfully implement its vertical integration
strategy; environmental laws, regulations and permits affecting Molycorp's
business, directly and indirectly, including, among others, those relating to
mine reclamation and restoration, climate change, emissions to the air and water
and human exposure to hazardous substances used, released or disposed of by
Molycorp; and uncertainties associated with unanticipated geological conditions
related to mining; and the outcome of the stockholder class action litigation,
derivative litigation and the SEC investigation, including any actions taken by
government agencies in connection therewith. 
For more information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that
Molycorp may face, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" of the Company's
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and of the
Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statement
contained in this release or the Annual Report on Form 10-K or the Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q reflects Molycorp's current views with respect to future
events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions
relating to Molycorp's operations, operating results, growth strategy and
liquidity. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements because such statements speak only as to the date when made. Molycorp
assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking
statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ
materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if
new information becomes available in the future, except as otherwise required by
applicable law. 
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