EU welcomes graphite and battery production plans for Talga Resources' Swedish project

by John Shepherd
Talga's proprietary technology set to be used for anode battery production. Photo: Talga
The EU has welcomed plans for lithium-ion battery anode production and development of northern Sweden’s Vittangi graphite mine as a key step towards establishing a "resilient” European battery supply chain.

Australia’s Talga Resources, Japan-based trading and investment firm Mitsui & Co and Sweden’s state-owned Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara (LKAB), have signed a non-binding letter of intent to jointly develop Vittangi – subject to completion of a detailed feasibility study, expected in March 2021.

The EU’s European Battery Alliance (EBA) said in a statement the move "was good news for the development of a resilient and sustainable European supply chain for battery production”.

The EBA said Europe is "relatively rich in natural graphite deposits, mainly in Scandinavia, which are often high grade and could in principle serve the European battery market for many decades”.

'Proprietary technology'

"However, only certain types of natural graphite can be converted to anode material. The Vittangi graphite mine… is one of those suitable resources. It is based on the high-quality Nunasvaara graphite deposit, which has even been designated as a mineral deposit of national interest by the Geological Survey of Sweden.”

Permit applications for the Talga-owned mine were filed last May. Talga also owns the proprietary technology set to be used for anode battery production.

Talga said it wants to build "a scalable lithium-ion battery anode production facility and integrated graphite mining operations in northern Sweden, with initial production capacity of 19,000 tonnes coated anode per annum”.

The plans are part of the company’s goal to establish a European battery anode and graphene additives supply chain.

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