WA government injects further $4.5 million into International Graphite’s Collie facility

The Government of Western Australia has committed another $4.5 million to advancing International Graphite’s (ASX:IG6) pilot graphite micronising plant in Collie into a full commercial processing facility. 

A further $2 million will be issued to International Graphite to move towards a feasibility study which, once complete, will establish a purpose-built battery anode material facility in Collie. 

The new funding is expected to support the ramp up to full scale, which will create another 20 full-time permanent jobs for the Collie region, says Western Australian Premier Roger Cook. 

“Importantly, this project will create quality, long-term industrial jobs in the heart of Collie, helping to diversify the local economy and supporting the town’s transition away from coal,” Cook says. 

“We’re backing Collie’s future, creating local jobs and delivering a strong economy for generations to come.” 

Once ramp-up is achieved, International Graphite’s facility is expected to have a production capacity of up to 4,000 tonnes per annum. The company is currently planning to build its operations within 18 to 24 months. 

According to the state government, a battery anode facility would result in further downstream processing in the region, and would make the company the first fully integrated anode graphite processing company in Western Australia. 

Funding from the state government comes as part of its $660 million cash injection to deliver a ‘Just Transition for Collie’, aimed at attracting new industries and putting training opportunities in place. 

As well as government support, International Graphite has received $4.7 million in federal funding as part of the Critical Minerals Development Program to support its mine-to-market graphite supply chain plans in Western Australia.

The company began production at the facility in February this year, backed by a $2 million grant from the state government. 

International Graphite is focused on building Australia’s capability in critical battery minerals and establishing a new ethical supply of battery anode graphite to support the global revolution in clean energy.

Graphite is a key metal for producing anode materials, which are used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and large-scale storage facilities. 

Collie sits roughly 213km south of Perth and 59km inland from the regional city and port of Bunbury. 

Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au

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