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Hazer Group, Mineral Resources 'progressing well' with pilot plant

Australian tech development group Hazer Group and partner Mineral Resources are moving ahead with development of a graphite pilot plant, having completed concept designs for stage 1 of the plant and beginning the next steps toward a September quarter commissioning

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Hazer and Mineral Resources are planning for a 3Q commissioning of the Perth pilot plant

Hazer and Mineral Resources are planning for a 3Q commissioning of the Perth pilot plant

Hazer, which inked an agreement in December 2017 for the development and commercialising of its technology, said that with the concept design of the plant and commercial-scale reactors now done, it has appointed a design consultant and begun the next phase. It also has started work on site preparation and installation planning.

The two have outlined a three-phase development plan: a pilot plant in stage 1, a commercial-scale plant in phase 2 and a large-scale commercial plant in phase 3. The current phase is targeting 1t/y of high-quality graphite and several months of operation while it seeks to negotiate off-take deals that will lead it into stage 2.

In stage 2, once final design and performance parameters are established, design and construction of a 1,000t/y commercial-scale facility will begin with the potential for modular expansion and a more efficient scale-up as needed.

Once the companies are satisfied with the commercial plant, it will progressively ramp up capacity in stage 3 and either utilise the modular expansion or design a larger facility with a commercial production goal of 10,000t/y or more.

Hazer and Mineral Resources did not provide a timeline for the future stages or work on the facility. Current design work on stage 1 at the site in Kwinana, Perth, is being performed by FE Consultants.

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