High purity manganese re-processing specialist Euro Manganese [TSX-V/ASX: EMN] has reported that its demonstration plant is another step nearer to completion. The company reported today that one of the two shipments of its demonstration plant modules was unloaded in early August and the second shipment is currently scheduled to be unloaded later this month.
Congestion and strikes at the Port of Hamburg delayed the arrival and unloading of the demonstration plant shipments, originally anticipated in July.
Unique waste to value recycling proposition
Euro Manganese is a battery materials company focused on becoming a leading, competitive, and environmentally superior producer of high-purity manganese for the electric vehicle (EV) industry and other high-technology applications. The company is advancing development of the Chvaletice Manganese Project in the Czech Republic, which is a unique waste-to-value recycling and remediation opportunity involving reprocessing old tailings from a decommissioned mine.
The Chvaletice Project is STILL the only sizable resource of manganese in the European Union, strategically positioning Euro Manganese to provide battery supply chains with critical raw materials to support the global shift to a circular, low-carbon economy.
Buildings at the site have been refurbished and readied for delivery and installation of the demonstration plant modules. Assembly of the plant modules will commence upon arrival at the Chvaletice Project site, with commissioning of the demonstration plant expected thereafter, Euro Manganese said today.
“Our Czech team are ready for the arrival of our demonstration plant, which has now arrived in Hamburg,” said CEO Dr Matthew James. “One shipment has been unloaded and the second shipment is expected to be unloaded shortly. Meanwhile, smaller samples produced from our second pilot plant run are now available and will be shipped to new potential customers to initiate their supply chain qualification process.”
Dr James said that the company’s near-term focus remains the assembly and commissioning of the demonstration plant, the submission of its final Environmental and Social Impact Assessment later this quarter, the securing of the remaining land access rights, and entering into offtake agreements with prospective customers.
The demonstration plant will be used for customer supply chain qualification of Euro Manganese’s high-purity manganese products.
NRC IRAP funding and Global Battery Alliance
Following the quarter end, Euro Manganese was approved to receive advisory services and up to $165,000 in funding from NRC IRAP. The funding supports the initiative Euro Manganese is undertaking with Nano One Materials Corp., Metal direct to Cathode Active Material, as well as the evaluation of the manganese metal by-product from the battery black mass recycling.
During the last quarter, Euro Manganese announced its membership in the Global Battery Alliance, a partnership of leading organizations from across the battery value chain, governments, academics and NGOs who have mobilized to ensure that battery production not only supports green energy, but also safeguards human rights and promotes environmental sustainability. Euro Manganese is the first high-purity manganese company to join the GBA.