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Vittangi battery anode project, Sweden – update

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14th April 2023

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Vittangi battery anode project.

Location
Northern Sweden.

Project Owner/s
Battery anode and advanced materials company Talga Group.

Project Description
A detailed feasibility study (DFS) has confirmed the Vittangi project’s potential to supply globally competitive green graphite anode, suitable for multiple applications, including Tier 1 automotive lithium-ion batteries.

The DFS envisages a vertically integrated mine-to-anode operation producing 19 500 t/y battery anode Talnode-C from 100 000 t/y of Vittangi graphite ore over a 24-year mine life.

A scoping study was also completed during the DFS to evaluate the potential addition of about 85 000 t/y Talnode-C production from the adjacent Niska resources. This study identified significant commercial synergies to unify deposit development and production plans to maximise the potential of the project area. This will be subject to separate studies following further discussions with customers and development partners.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
The project has a pretax net present value, at an 8% discount rate, of $1.05-billion and an internal rate of return of 30%, with a payback of 2.5 years after the project is commissioned.

Capital Expenditure
$484-million, and a $44-million contingency.

Planned Start/End Date
Mining is planned to start in 2023, with commercial anode production expected in 2024.

Latest Developments
The environmental permit for the Nunasvaara South natural graphite mine, which forms part of the vertically integrated Vittangi anode project, was approved on April 6, 2023.

The positive decision by the Swedish Land and Environment Court was subject to a three-week appeals period.

The mine is designed to feed Talga’s planned 19 500 t/y battery anode manufacturing plant, which is progressing through a separate permitting process. The company is hoping to start early works at the refinery at the start of the second half of 2023.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
Worley (lead consultant – DFS); and ABB (delivery of production and process control solutions).

Contact Details for Project Information
Talga Group, tel +61 8 9481 6667 or email info@talgagroup.com.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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