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Blackstone Minerals completes Life Cycle Assessment at Ta Khoa Nickel Project, Vietnam

Blackstone Minerals (ASX:BSX) reports that it has received results following an independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at its Ta Khoa Nickel Project in Vietnam. 

The results support the ongoing partnership and funding efforts validated by the Ta Khoa project design as the route with the lowest CO2 emissions, and underpins the company’s vision to develop a low CO2 emission nickel project to supply the growing lithium battery industry.   

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Speaking on the results of the LCA, Blackstone Minerals Managing Director Scott Williams said: “At Blackstone we have an opportunity to engrain best practices into our development strategy, to start from zero with respect to our emission targets and to align ourselves with industry leaders.

“At blackstone we have an opportunity to engrain best practices into our development strategy, to start from zero with respect to our emission targets and to align ourselves with industry leaders”

We want to lead the way through the electrification of our mining fleet, investigation of green hydrogen technology, utilising renewable hydropower and most importantly our intersections with local communities.

The decision to undertake this assessment reflects Blackstone’s commitment to minimising its environmental footprint through its design process and to understand the most impactful and efficient pathways to achieve this.”

The company also notes that the LCA study has confirmed a result of 9.8kg CO2 eq.per kg, which represents a substantially lower result than existing production pathways in terms of Global Warming Potential (GWP).  

In addition, the LCA was completed by LCA practitioners Minviro, who are responsible for the completion of Tesla’s LCA in their 2021 impact report, and utilised data from pre-feasibility studies (PFS) published for the downstream Ta Khoa Refinery Project (TKR). 

Blackstone’s Ta Khoa Nickel Project is located 160km west of the capital city of Hanoi in Vietnam’s Son La Province and comprises an existing modern nickel mine built to Australian standards, which is currently being used to process nickel ore delivered by an underground bulk sample program. Blackstone owns a 90% interest in the Ta Khoa Nickel Project, which successfully operated as a mechanised underground nickel mine from 2013-2016.  

Blackstone announces that it remains focused on achieving its goal of zero emissions and is currently evaluating other various options to further reduce the Ta Khoa GWP, including hydropower and cobalt hydroxide.

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