Operations

International Graphite is developing the first vertically integrated, standalone graphite production facility in Western Australia. It’s mining tenements at Springdale are world class and its plans for a downstream graphite processing facility, at Collie, bring together the best of international manufacturing technology and Australian process engineering knowhow.

The sophisticated plant will be the catalyst for a new graphite industry hub in Western Australia. It will service global manufacturing markets delivering a customer-focused product mix that meets world’s best environmental practices and international standards of quality and safety.

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

The modular design of our Collie facility involves integrated processing streams that will be optimised to manufacture a range of high quality graphite products from mined graphite and concentrates produced at the Springdale Graphite Project.

Collie R&D / Process Plant

International Graphite has secured a site in the light industrial area in Collie to establish its initial downstream processing facility and has procured an ultra-high temperature furnace and pilot spheroidising plant for installation in the facility.

The spheroidising pilot plant equipment is currently being installed and will be used to demonstrate the company’s ability to produce a high quality spheroidised product suitable for BAM. This will establish International Graphite’s credentials in the marketplace prior to concentrates becoming available from Springdale.

IG battery anode material (BAM) plant

The company will establish the equipment and processes required to produce battery anode material using an environmentally friendly purification process. IG will be one of the first suppliers outside of China to provide high quality, customised BAM for this highly tailored and emerging market.

IG micronising plant

Agreements are in place with established international producers to ensure ongoing supply of quality purified feedstocks for value-added processing at Collie. Advanced graphite products will be exported to technology companies for energy storage systems  and manufacturers for advanced industrial applications. In 2021, the company was awarded a $2 million WA Government grant, from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund, toward the establishment of its graphite micronising plant.

Springdale Graphite Project

IG has acquired 100% of the Springdale Graphite Project from Comet Resources (ASC:CRL). The project is at exploration and development stage and comprises two granted exploration licences and a prospecting license covering approximately 180sq km. The deposit is located in a mining hub in the south of Western Australia – 25km from the Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine and 45km from the Galaxy Lithium Mine.

STRATEGIC LOCATION

A pilot plant and research and development facility is currently being established in Collie, the industrial centre of Western Australia’s South-West region, where IG will benefit from globally competitive power costs and direct access to Western Australia’s main export ports at Fremantle and Bunbury. Collie is well serviced with established modern infrastructure, major power stations and a skilled workforce. The region is actively encouraging new jobs and industries, and there is strong government support for the IG development.

The Springdale Graphite Project is located 450km to the south by road in an established mining region near Hopetoun, on Western Australia’s south coast.

Map of Collie Western Australia

WORLD CLASS ENGINEERING

Our technology partner BatteryLimits ensures IG has unparalleled engineering resources inhouse. Recognised as experts in graphite processing, the Australian engineering and project management consultancy works internationally, and has built a strong reputation including the development of graphite mines and processing operations in Tanzania, Madagascar and Australia. In 2020, BatteryLimits completed a Definitive Feasibility Study for the IG micronising  plant, and an initial scoping study for the production of battery anode material.

INTERNATIONAL SALES AND MARKETING

IG’s product sales will target major international manufacturers and focus on growth markets in Europe and the US, where consumers and governments are leading the uptake of cleaner, greener technologies to combat climate change. IG will leverage Australia’s free trade agreements to generate world sales. Work has already begun to build a strong customer base for all product lines. This includes establishing key relationships with market-leading technology manufacturers, particularly in the emerging battery market where BAM product will be tailored to meet strong customer quality and specification requirements.

WORLD CLASS QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

International quality, safety and environmental standards will be built into our product DNA ensuring our suppliers, operators, customers and community all contribute to an ethical and sustainable supply chain.

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