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Production of EcoGraf spherical graphite in Western Australia for direct export to battery anode manufacturers globally

Kibaran’s downstream business, EcoGraf proposes establishing a processing plant in Kwinana, Western Australia, to produce spherical graphite (SpG) using a new eco-friendly process to sell directly to lithium-ion battery manufacturers. EcoGraf would initially supply existing Asian markets with capacity to expand to supply European markets.

Highlights

  • Two years of pilot test work completed in Germany to optimise its processes and flowsheet to de-risk its proposed development,
  • A new eco-friendly chemical process achieved from  intensive test work and process design to develop cost competitive with to existing Chinese supply.
  • More than 80 product samples sent to battery manufacturers, and extensive product testing by potential partners and customers in Asia and Europe has confirmed the attractiveness of EcoGraf SpG products as a high quality and cost effective alternative to existing Chinese supply.
  • I natural flake graphite sourced from Europe, Africa, Asia and the America’s in its testing process, demonstrating the effectiveness of its technology on wide range of flake graphite
  • Engineering design and costing completed for development sites in Kwinana and Asia before selecting Kwinana as its preferred option for its initial production facility.
  • Subject to a final investment decision expected in the first half of 2020, a staged production facility is proposed to commence at 5,000tpa, quickly expanding to achieve 20,000tpa, with product exported to lithium-ion battery manufacturers in Asia, Europe and the US.
  • Pre-development activities, including engineering, permitting and environmental approvals have commenced.
The company has secured support from WA Government

Kwinana Development

Increasing transparency for ethical raw materials and the Australian Government support for battery minerals value-adding, has resulted in Kibaran pursing Kwinana, Western Australia as a priority location for the EcoGraf initial production facility.

The Kwinana development schedule outlines a staged 5,000tpa and 20,000tpa production design capacity. Subject to a final investment decision, the Company expects commercial production to begin after 11 months at an initial rate of 5,000tpa. This production will provide commercial quantities to enter the battery manufacturers’ production lines prior to expanding the plant to achieve a production rate of 20,000tpa.   

The Company has received strong support from European customers where major investment is underway in battery manufacturing for electric vehicles.


WA State Government Support

The Kwinana development has secured support from Western Australian Premier Hon. Mark McGowan, who requested the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (“JTSI”) to provide lead agency support to Kibaran as it develops the project. Premier Mr McGowan said

“The potential to produce battery grade graphite from the Ecograf Battery Graphite Project presents a significant step in diversifying Western Australia’s downstream processing activities and contribution to the global battery value chain.”

Proposed development of EcoGraf at Kwinana is aligned to the WA Government’s Future Battery Industry Strategy to secure Australia an expanded place in the rapidly transforming global battery value chain. 


Key Activities

Key activities are underway with the final investment decision expected in the first half of 2020.

  • Working with LandCorp to finalise lease arrangements for a site within the Kwinana Industrial Area
  • Independent verification process test work and equipment evaluation with major suppliers
  • Local permitting and environmental approvals
  • Offtake and financing arrangements