International Graphite gets Western Australia funding

  • : Battery materials, Metals
  • 24/04/22

Australia's International Graphite will receive fresh funding of A$6.5mn ($4.2mn) for its graphite project and plans in Western Australia's (WA) Collie from the state government.

The Labor party-led government of premier Roger Cook will provide A$4.5mn to support the acceleration of International Graphite's pilot graphite micronising plant in Collie to "full scale", with A$2mn for its battery anode material facility feasibility study, the WA government said on 20 April.

International Graphite in February wet commissioned its 200 t/yr graphite micronising plant, having obtained government approval for equipment installation late last year. The facility is a precursor to its planned 4,000 t/yr commercial micronising facility in Collie, which is expected to cost A$12.5mn and could begin construction by mid-2024, the firm said. It plans to build the operations over 18-24 months, the WA government said.

The company last year signed an exclusive agreement for a lease related to its Collie graphite battery anode material facility. It is aiming to be the first fully integrated battery anode graphite processing firm in WA. International Graphite owns the Springdale graphite deposit near Hopetoun in WA, the second-largest known graphite deposit in the country. The deposit has a mineral resource estimate of 49.3mn t of 6.5pc total graphitic carbon, according to the firm on 12 September.

The Australian federal government last year gave A$4.7mn to International Graphite through its Critical Minerals Development Programme grants. It received the first and second tranche of A$1.7mn and A$1.25mn last year.

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