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    Tantalum Australia technology successfully in test
    14:31, Tuesday, 1 October 2002

    Sydney - Tuesday - October 1: (RWE) - Tantalum Australia NL
    reports its research partner, Boston University has successfully
    produced tantalum metal from tantalum oxide using a new patented
    processing technology.
    Tantalum Australia agreed in May to acquire the world rights to
    the process, known as the solid-ion-oxygen membrane process.
    It has begun a three-stage R&D program in conjunction with
    Boston University's Manufacturing Engineering School.
    The exclusive rights apply in the fields of tantalum, niobium,
    tungsten, gallium, yttrium and germanium.
    Tantalum Australia said further test runs would be conducted to
    confirm the success and produce a larger quantity of metal.
    The next stage is test the process using tantalum concentrates
    as feedstock.
    Shares in Tantalum Australia rose 2.5c to 9.5c.
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