ASX listed resource company Element 25 Ltd announced that the first commercial shipment of manganese concentrate from its Butcherbird Project has departed the Utah Point Facility at Port Hedland late on 14 July 2021.
The first load of 27,000 tonnes will be delivered to the company’s offtake partner OM Materials (S) Pte Ltd (OMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed OM Holdings Limited.
At a ceremony at Butcherbird, Element 25 Managing Director Justin Brown thanked everyone who had worked on the project.
“Today is a historic day for all the people who have worked tirelessly to bring this project to life, for Element 25 and for the Australian mining industry,” Mr Brown said.
“It has been a testament to Australian ingenuity, persistence and hard work that Element 25 has managed to achieve this feat in such a short period of time with a Pre-Feasibility Study completed only 14 months ago.
“After thousands of man hours, multiple layers of permitting, engineering drawings, contracts, financing activities, and a healthy dose of passion and toil Stage 1 of our project has come to life.”
He said the company’s project team will now turn its focus to the next stages of the multi-stage development strategy of the Project, which includes a Stage 2 expansion of the concentrate business followed by a Stage 3 development to convert the concentrate material into high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
“We fully intend for this to be the first step in a multi-stage growth journey for this world-class manganese project with the expansion of concentrate production as part of our Stage 2 plans to be followed by developing the processing infrastructure to produce battery grade Zero Carbon Manganese products for the Li-Ion batteries which will power the electrification of the global vehicle fleet,” Mr Brown concluded.