ASX listed resource company Element 25 Limited (E25) announced that manganese concentrate haulage has commenced from the company’s 100% owned Butcherbird Manganese Project (Project) to Utah Point in Port Hedland.
Located in the southern Pilbara region of Western Australia, the Butcherbird Manganese Deposit is Australia’s largest onshore manganese resource comprising large tonnages of near surface manganese oxide ore in seven deposits.
E25 said the first trucks containing the first manganese concentrate produced from the Project departed earlier this month, with haulage of the remaining material to occur over coming days, culminating in the loading of the first ship scheduled for the last week of June 2021.
According to the company, the material has been produced as part of the commissioning and ramp up of the Stage 1 processing plant which will produce a nominal 365Kt of high-quality manganese concentrate prior to a proposed 3X expansion in Stage 2.
E25 Managing Director Mr Justin Brown said the Project team will now turn its focus to the Stage 2 expansion, followed by a Stage 3 development to convert the concentrate material into high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) for electric vehicle (EV) batteries ‘to power the global transition away from fossil fuel powered mobility’.
“The team has bowled over yet another key milestone on our journey to fast-track the development of the Project,” Mr Brown said.
“The successful commissioning and ramp up of this first stage of development provides a fantastic foundation from which to grow this business both by expanding concentrate production as part of our Stage 2 expansion plans but also 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.”
The transportation of the initial project shipments is being carried out by privately-owned construction, civils, heavy and bulk haulage company, AK Evans Group Australia.