11 January 2022
Beowulf Mining plc
("Beowulf" or the "Company")
MoU Signed for Locating Anode Materials Production in the GigaVaasa Area
Beowulf (AIM: BEM; Spotlight: BEO), the mineral exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned Finnish subsidiary Grafintec Oy ("Grafintec") and Epsilon Advanced Materials Private Limited ("Epsilon Advanced Materials"), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") with the City of Vaasa for the establishment of an anode materials production facility to be located in the GigaVaasa area, Plot 18, situated in proximity to Freyr Battery's proposed battery cell development.
The MoU follows the announcement, on 6 December 2021, of the signing of a Joint Venture ("JV") Heads of Terms by Grafintec and Epsilon Advanced Materials and their intention to build a production facility in two phases, Phase 1 "GVA10" with a production capacity of 10,000 tonnes per annum ("TPA") and Phase 2 which will add 40,000 TPA, taking overall plant capacity to 50,000 TPA of anode material, GVA50. The proposed plant will supply battery/cell manufacturing companies in Europe, complementing Epsilon Advanced Materials' growing anode materials business in India.
The MoU gives the JV partners 6 months exclusivity to Plot 18, with an option to extend by a further 6 months, to develop GVA10, conduct technical and environmental studies, and initiate permitting discussions with Finnish authorities.
The GigaVaasa industrial area is dedicated to battery value chain manufacturing and offers accessible green energy system options. This industrial zone is well placed logistically, with good rail and road connections and a short distance to the harbour, enabling sustainable transport solutions. Also, the airport is on its doorstep.
More than 160 energy technology companies are located in the Vaasa region, enabling excellent cooperation opportunities. Close collaboration between the EnergyVaasa Energy Technology Cluster and local higher education institutions will ensure enough skilled labour to meet the sector's needs.
Grafintec - Epsilon Advanced Materials Joint Venture
Under the JV, Grafintec (which will own 49% of the JV) and Epsilon Advanced Materials (which will own 51% of the JV) will work together on building GVA10 with the ambition of creating a sustainable value chain in anode materials production, leveraging renewable power, targeting net zero CO\2\ across the supply chain, benefiting from the significant support of Business Finland and collaboration within the Finnish Battery Cluster.
Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer of Beowulf, commented:
"Following my September visit to India and discussions with Epsilon, it was clear that an anode materials production facility was the missing piece in the jigsaw at GigaVaasa.
"I was enthused by the warm and collaborative welcome I received when visiting the City of Vaasa in mid-October, and I am pleased that we have taken a significant step forward to complete the battery value chain at the GigaVaasa area. I am very excited to start 2022 with this announcement.
"We have some busy months ahead."
Vikram Handa, Managing Director of Epsilon Advance Materials Private Limited, commented:
"The signing of the MoU with the City of Vaasa is a significant step forward in bringing our technology and knowhow of producing high quality anode materials for the Lithium-Ion Battery industry to Europe.
"We believe that a production facility situated in the emerging battery cluster in the GigaVaasa area will enable us to provide our customers in Europe with high quality and sustainable products, enhanced service levels, and give us a competitive cost structure."
Beowulf Mining plc
Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer Tel: +44 (0) 20 7583 8304
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About Beowulf Mining plc
Beowulf Mining plc ("Beowulf" or the "Company") is an exploration and development company, listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and the Spotlight Exchange in Sweden.
Beowulf's purpose to be a responsible and innovative company that creates value for our shareholders, wider society and the environment, through sustainably producing critical raw materials, which includes iron ore, graphite and base metals, needed for the transition to a Green Economy and to address the Climate Emergency.
The Company's asset portfolio is diversified by commodity, geography and the development stage of its various projects.
The Company's most advanced project is the Kallak iron ore asset in northern Sweden from which testwork has produced a 'market leading' concentrate of 71.5% iron content. Across the Company's exploration licences, 389 million tonnes of iron ore mineralisation has been estimated, which represents a potential source of supply for fossil-free steel production in Norrbotten for decades to come.
Grafintec, a wholly-owned subsidiary, through its partnership with Epsilon Advance Materials Limited ("Epsilon Advanced Materials") is enhancing its position within the Finnish battery ecosystem, collaborating with a strong and innovative technology/processing partner, with plans to build an anode materials production facility within GigaVaasa, Finland, to supply the growing lithium-ion battery sector in Europe.
In Kosovo, the Company owns approximately 49.4% of Vardar Minerals ("Vardar"), which is focused on exploration in the Tethyan Belt, a major orogenic metallogenic province for gold and base metals. Vardar is delivering exciting results for its Mitrovica licence which has several exploration targets, including lead, zinc, copper and gold. It also has the Viti licence which is showing potential for copper-gold porphyry mineralisation. With Beowulf's support, Vardar is focused on making a discovery.
Kallak is the foundation asset of the Company, but with Vardar and Grafintec, the Company has many opportunities to grow, each business area displaying strong prospects.
About Epsilon Advance Materials Private Limited
Epsilon Advanced Materials is a subsidiary of Epsilon Carbon Private Limited ("Epsilon Carbon Group"). Established in 2010, Epsilon Carbon Group is one of India's leading manufacturer of carbon based products and India's only backward-integrated company with a dedicated source of raw materials. Epsilon Carbon supplies a wide range of products and performance solutions to some of the largest customers in industries as diverse as aluminium, carbon black, tires, mechanical rubber goods, graphite, specialty and construction chemicals, dyes and pigments, amongst others. .
Epsilon Advanced Materials was established in 2018 to mark its entry into Lithium-Ion Battery space. Its vision is to develop and manufacture innovative, high performance, high quality and sustainable carbon products for anode components of lithium-ion Batteries. Currently the Company has a commercial capacity of 2,500 tonnes per annum ("TPA") for anode precursor material and a pilot facility for coke powder and graphite anodes. It will expand the natural graphite flake processing capacity to 25,000 TPA by 2027. GVA10 will be an addition to the Company's existing business.
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