Grafintec Oy and Epsilon join forces for anode production in Europe

Beowulf Mining plc has announced that its wholly-owned Finnish subsidiary Grafintec Oy and Epsilon Advanced Materials Private Limited, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the City of Vaasa for the establishment of an anode materials production facility to be located in the GigaVaasa area, Plot 18, situated in proximity to Freyr Battery’s proposed battery cell development.

The MoU trails the announcement, on 6 December 2021, of the signing of a Joint Venture Heads of Terms by Grafintec and Epsilon Advanced Materials and their intention to build a production facility in two phases: Phase-I “GVA10” with a production capacity of 10,000 tonnes per annum (“TPA”) and Phase-II which will add 40,000 TPA, taking overall plant capacity to 50,000 TPA of anode material, GVA50. The proposed plant will supply battery/cell manufacturing companies in Europe, complementing Epsilon Advanced Materials’ growing anode materials business in India.

The MoU provides the JV partners six months exclusivity to Plot 18, with an option to extend by a further six months, to develop GVA10, conduct technical and environmental studies, and initiate permitting discussions with Finnish authorities.

The GigaVaasa industrial area is dedicated to battery value chain manufacturing and offers accessible green energy system options. This industrial zone is well placed logistically, with good rail and road connections and a short distance to the harbour, enabling sustainable transport solutions. Also, the airport is on its doorstep.

More than 160 energy technology companies are in the Vaasa region, enabling excellent cooperation opportunities. Close collaboration between the EnergyVaasa Energy Technology Cluster and local higher education institutions will ensure enough skilled labour to meet the sector’s needs.

Under the JV, Grafintec (which will own 49 percent of the JV) and Epsilon Advanced Materials (which will own 51 percent of the JV) will work together on building GVA10 with the ambition of creating a sustainable value chain in anode materials production, leveraging renewable power, targeting net zero CO2 across the supply chain, benefiting from the significant support of Business Finland and collaboration within the Finnish Battery Cluster.

Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer of Beowulf, stated “Following my September visit to India and discussions with Epsilon, it was clear that an anode materials production facility was the missing piece in the jigsaw at GigaVaasa. I was enthused by the warm and collaborative welcome I received when visiting the City of Vaasa in mid-October, and I am pleased that we have taken a significant step forward to complete the battery value chain at the GigaVaasa area. I am very excited to start 2022 with this announcement.”

Vikram Handa, Managing Director of Epsilon Advanced Materials Private Limited, commented: “The signing of the MoU with the City of Vaasa is a significant step forward in bringing our technology and know-how of producing high-quality anode materials for the Lithium-Ion Battery industry to Europe.We believe that a production facility situated in the emerging battery cluster in the GigaVaasa area will enable us to provide our customers in Europe with high quality and sustainable products, enhanced service levels, and give us a competitive cost structure.”

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