Euro Manganese to restart pilot plant in response to requests from prospective customers
(Kitco News) - On Tuesday, Euro Manganese (TSX-V / ASX: EMN) announced that in response to requests from prospective customers, the company will restart its pilot plant to produce high-purity manganese samples from the Chvaletice manganese project in the Czech Republic.
The company said that the pilot plant will produce small samples of high-purity manganese products for prospective customers, primarily in Europe, in advance of larger samples to come from the project's demonstration plant ("DP"), targeted to begin operations in the first quarter of 2022.
The product samples will allow prospective customers to continue or initiate the supply chain qualification work required prior to approval of battery raw materials for use in electric vehicles, the company added.
The company noted that the original pilot plant operated in 2018 and produced "exceptionally pure" manganese products during process design studies for the project's preliminary economic assessment.
Meanwhile, the company added that the DP is currently being fabricated in China for delivery and installation at the Chvaletice manganese project site later this year. The DP will recycle tailings material to produce battery-grade manganese products using the same process proposed for the full-scale commercial plant, targeted for production in late 2024/early 2025.
"Demand for sustainably-produced, battery-grade manganese is increasing rapidly and there simply isn't enough production capacity in the world to meet it today," said CEO Marco Romero. "New producers need to come on stream soon and undergo rigorous supply chain qualification of their products. The restart of our pilot plant will help us better service several prospective customers' near-term objectives to pre-qualify new producers like us."
With the restart of its pilot plant, the company said it will be able to move more quickly in delivering finished-product samples, and to follow-on in early 2022 with larger samples from the DP.
Euro Manganese is a battery materials company whose principal focus is advancing the development of the Chvaletice manganese project. The proposed project entails re-processing a significant manganese deposit hosted in mine tailings from a decommissioned mine, strategically located in the Czech Republic.