GRES gets busy at Kwinana

GERMAN graphite developer EcoGraf has given contractor GR Engineering Services the green light to start detailed engineering design works for construction of its proposed 20,000 tonne per annum battery graphite facility in Kwinana, Western Australia.
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Conceptual image of Ecograf's Kwinana plant

The facility will produce spherical graphite using a non-hydrofluoric acid purification process developed by EcoGraf, which was tested at a spheronising batch plant in Germany.

The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will start at a rate of 5000tpa before ramping up to 20,000tpa, to produce high quality battery anode material products for electric vehicle, lithium-ion battery and anode manufacturers.

EcoGraf expects to spend $32.96 million on the plant build and another $71.13 million to boost capacity to 20,000tpa.

The facility will have a net present value of $203.86 million, which will generate an internal rate of return of 36.6% and annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of $50.6 million.

GR Engineering Services managing director Geoff Jones said the facility would be important in meeting the growing global demand for high quality battery related products.

"GR Engineering is excited to be part of this new WA-based industry," he said.

The WA development will be the first battery graphite processing facility to be built outside of China.

In a statement EcoGraf said starting engineering design works marked a milestone for the company and coincided with a big increase in global investment in the transition to clean energy.

"EcoGraf has undertaken extensive technical testing in recent years with prospective customers to validate the quality and performance of its products, which will be complemented by its ability to also use EcoGraf purification technology in recycling battery anode materials for re-use in battery and industrial markets," the company said.