Talga gets green light for trial graphite mining in Sweden
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Special Report: Talga can proceed with trial mining of graphite ore from its Vittangi project in northern Sweden after securing environmental approval.
The environmental approval for the stage one mining operations covers the extraction of up to 25,000t of graphite ore and highlights the comprehensive test work and studies undertaken to minimise the environmental footprint of the operation.
Talga Resources (ASX:TLG) plans to process the ore into concentrate at an off-site toll milling facility before refining it into Talnode-C, its flagship graphite lithium-ion battery anode product, at its operations.
It follows the successful completion of pilot-scale processing, which confirmed that the process flowsheet for graphite concentrate output is suitable for planned commercial production.
“This is a significant milestone in our execution of developing the Vittangi project, and towards a truly localised European supply chain for lithium-ion batteries,” managing director Mark Thompson said.
“Furthermore, the approval comes at a time when our engagement with European car makers has increased, amid tougher emissions laws and stronger consumer sentiment for cleaner mobility.”
Preparations for site works and contractor selection is underway, and work will begin on further statutory compliance along with completion of stage-one refinery permitting and financing activities.
Talga also plans to submit applications for the environmental and statutory permits for stage two of the project this month.
Stage two will include an onsite plant at Vittangi that will be capable of processing 100,000t per annum of graphite ore to feed the company’s planned downstream anode refinery in the coastal city of Luleå, 250km to the south.
The refinery will produce about 19,000t per annum of Talnode-C.
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