Australia boost for EcoGraf battery anode materials project

by Margaret Lau
MD Andrew Spinks said facility will support Australia's 'critical minerals processing and advanced manufacturing industries'. Photo: EcoGraf
Australia’s government has awarded 'major project status' to plans by EcoGraf to build a battery graphite production plant in Western Australia (WA) – a move aimed at boosting investment in the country’s developing battery industry.

The federal government said the Battery Anode Materials Facility project "will make a high-value contribution to the growth of our critical minerals industry, and open up opportunities for further project developments”.

Companies awarded major project status are able to unlock extra support from the government and federal agencies.

Federal minister for resources, water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said: "EcoGraf is an excellent example of what we want to see more of in Australia – our raw materials being downstream processed right here in Australia."

Purification technology

"The project will also use EcoGraf’s own purification technology that eliminates the use of hydrofluoric acid leading to a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly purification process.”

EcoGraf is currently finalising detailed engineering design and procurement plans for its planned first facility near Perth.

The company has already submitted a $35m (£25.5m) project debt facility application to Export Finance Australia – for which WA’s state government has already allocated land.

EcoGraf has also named Germany as a likely host country for a proposed second graphite plant in Europe.

EcoGraf MD Andrew Spinks said the Australian facility forms part of plans to expand the country’s "critical minerals processing and advanced manufacturing industries, to provide sustainably produced, high quality products for the global lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle markets”.

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