Talga Resources Ltd., Australia, (ASX: TLG), Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc, United Kingdom, and LKAB Minerals AB, Luleå, Sweden, have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI), with the intent to jointly develop the Talga project, after delivery of a Detailed Feasibility Study in 2021.
Talga is the 100% owner of the Vittangi graphite project and proprietary technology for anode battery production. Permit applications for the graphite mine were filed in May 2020. Mitsui is one of the largest global trading and investment companies whose global headquarters are in Japan with subsidiaries globally, including Mitsui Europe.
The Talga project
Talga is establishing a European supply of sustainable, low-CO2 emission anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, utilising its 100% owned Swedish mineral assets and battery material technologies. Building on the company’s vertically integrated business strategy, the development plan includes construction of a scalable lithium-ion battery anode production facility and integrated graphite mining operations in northern Sweden, with an initial production capacity of 19,000 tonnes coated anode per annum.
The Letter of Intent and formation of a possible Joint Venture
The Letter of Intent is a non-binding agreement between the parties. After completing the detailed feasibility study, expected March 2021, and due diligence LKAB, Talga and Mitsui intends to negotiate a business agreement including ownership and investments.
LKAB’s rationale for the interest in Talga
Growth within the industrial minerals market is a strategic activity to reduce dependence on the iron ore market which today accounts for around 90 per cent of the external sales. There is also a clear sustainability-based rationale coupled with the growth ambition, to recycle and upgrade byproducts and waste streams. Additionally, the growth will be accelerated through selected acquisitions and investments that offer synergies with LKAB’s market, operations and sustainability ambitions. Talga, with its proximity to LKAB’s existing mining operations in Northern Sweden, may offer synergies with resources, skills and infrastructure. There are also potential commercial synergies with sales and distribution, including the developments in the ReeMAP project that will produce both phosphorus and rare earth elements through recycling mine waste.
Talga Resources Ltd (ASX: TLG) is building a European battery anode and graphene additives supply chain, to offer advanced materials critical to its customers’ innovation and the shift towards a more sustainable world. Vertical integration, including ownership of several high-grade Swedish graphite projects, provides the security of supply and creates long-lasting value for stakeholders.
Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd (8031: JP), a global trading and investment company multilaterally pursues a broad variety of business projects that range from product sales, worldwide logistics, financing and equity investment to major international infrastructure developments, in the following fields: Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources, Infrastructure Projects, Mobility Business, Chemicals, Energy, Foods & Retail Business, Consumer Services, Innovation & Corporate Development.
Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag is a Swedish mining company. The company mines iron ore at Kiruna and at Malmberget in northern Sweden. The company was established in 1890, and has been 100% state-owned since the 1950s.