Mineral Resources (MinRes) has finalised the first stage of concept design for its proposed graphite pilot plant at Kwinana in Western Australia.
In addition, concept designs for a commercial size reactor designed for use in the stage two commercial scale plant have been drawn up in parallel to expedite progression towards the next stage two.
MinRes is developing the project with Perth-based Hazer Group, a collaboration announced in October last year and signed in December 2017, in a bid to produce a large-scale synthetic graphite production site for the battery industry. The pilot plant is still on track for commissioning in the third quarter of 2018.
The stage two commercial scale plant is targeted to produce 1000 tonnes a year (t/y) of graphite, with the prospect of modular expansion for future upscaling.
The reactor’s design will be finalised by FE Consultants, a mechanical engineering firm based in Brisbane.
As a miner, MinRes is known as the majority owner of the large Mt Marion lithium project 40km southwest of Kalgoorlie (13.8 per cent owned by Neometals), Western Australia, as well as its iron ore and manganese operations.
Last month, MinRes launched a process to sell up to 49 per cent of its stake in the Wodgina lithium project in the Pilbara, considered the world’s largest hard rock lithium deposit.