CENTENNIAL, COLO. — Colorado-based NioCorp Developments Ltd. has announced that its Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project in Nebraska has been selected as an Infrastructure Project of the Year by CG/LA Infrastructure.
The award was announced during the CG/LA Infrastructure’s 12th North American Infrastructure Leadership Virtual Forum on Oct. 28, 2020, stated a release.
The project was originally named as one of the Top 100 infrastructure projects in the U.S. by CG/LA Infrastructure. The Elk Creek Project received the most votes from infrastructure and industry leaders, and from the public, to earn the top position in its category.
The project is North America’s only niobium/scandium/titanium advanced materials manufacturing facility co-located with an underground mine. NioCorp stated that the mine will be the highest grade niobium project in North America, as well as one of the largest prospective producers of scandium in the world.
The project will recycle a significant portion of its planned waste streams into usable materials.
The Infrastructure Project of the Year Awards are highlighted for excellence across five categories: job creation, sustainability/green infrastructure, finance/funding, engineering and strategic.
“NioCorp is very pleased and proud to have received this recognition as an infrastructure project of the year, and we want to thank both CG/LA Infrastructure and Oracle for their support of this initiative,” said NioCorp’s CEO and executive chairman Mark Smith in a statement. “In my mind, this recognition is a testament to years of hard work by our team to advance this critical minerals project as well as to the growing recognition across the U.S. and the world of the absolute criticality of producing critical minerals such as niobium, scandium, and titanium here in the U.S.”