Tirupati GraphiteTirupati Graphite plc, a fully integrated, revenue-generating, specialist graphite producer and graphene and advanced materials developer, is acquiring the entire issued share capital of Suni Resources SA. Suni Resources holds the Mozambique portfolio of graphite assets of Battery Minerals Limited, which includes the construction-initiated Montepuez Graphite Project and the advanced feasibility study stage Balama Central Graphite Project.
Tirupati GraphiteMozambique is home to commercially significant deposits of graphite; a key determinant of mining opportunities in Mozambique is the global energy transition, which has driven demand for certain minerals needed for electric vehicles and vehicles that rely on hydrogen fuel cells. Mozambique is well-positioned to take advantage of this market boom, with mining operations already expanding across Cabo Delgado—where the projects are located—as well as Gaza, Manica, Maputo, Nampula, Niassa, Tete, and Zambezia.
Tirupati GraphiteExtensive pre-development work and a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) was conducted by Battery Minerals on the Montepuez project, resulting in a development plan for a 100,000 tonnes annual graphite concentrate capacity in two equal stages. Construction has been initiated at the Montepuez project for a first stage 50,000 tpa flake graphite project. The project’s graphite product basket is a mix of jumbo, large and small flake, complementing Tirupati’s existing mix of predominantly jumbo and large flake graphite products from Madagascar.
Tirupati GraphiteFlake graphite is a critical resource used in more than 150 applications. As well as purity, flake size is one of the main variables determining the product type and end application of flake graphite. For example, jumbo flakes are most suited for use in expandable graphite products, while small flakes are preferred for spherical graphite used in the anode of Li-ion batteries.
Tirupati GraphiteNotably, the flake sizes at Montepuez and Balama Central are predominantly small flake with the mix being circa 60%-70% small flake and 30%-40% coarser flake. This is key as test works to date has confirmed that the size and quality of the natural flake graphite from these projects is ideally suitable for Li-ion batteries.
Tirupati GraphiteCurrently, the global production of graphite and spherical graphite is dominated by China, which uses hydrofluoric acid purification techniques to produce purified spherical graphite. Given the transition of the world to a clean, green energy platform, many lithium-ion batteries (LiB) manufacturers are actively seeking alternative supply options. With this background, interest in Tirupati’s products has escalated.
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