Syrah completes first production at battery plant

The Balama site. Image: Syrah Resources.

Syrah Resources has delivered first production of purified spherical graphite from its battery anode material (BAM) plant in Louisiana in the United States.

The production used Syrah’s natural graphite from its Balama project in Mozambique.

Syrah marked the first production as a significant milestone for its BAM project.

“The Balama graphite operation’s expected scale, quality and low production cost at full capacity are key enablers in the delivery of Syrah’s integrated BAM strategy,” Syrah managing director Shaun Verner said.

“With the completion of construction and commissioning activities for initial production of purified spherical graphite from Vidalia in the United States, we are demonstrating a pathway to produce value-added products at commercial scale, focussed on establishing a core position in the battery supply chain.”

Verner added that this was a significant step forward for Syrah in providing an alternative source of ex-China BAM supply.

Syrah intends to focus on customers qualification process and progressing production of anode active material until 2020.

The company will continue optimising BAM’s internal process, product testing and quality control assessment in the coming weeks ahead of product despatch to customers.

To date, Syrah has produced over 240,00 tonnes of natural graphite, making it the largest and first major new natural graphite operation outside of China.

Syrah has completed extensive product certification test work for the use of Balama spherical graphite in the anode of lithium-ion batteries.

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