Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Agreement sparked for LFP battery cathode plant

NT

Avenira Ltd and Taiwan’s ALEEES have signed a licence and technology transfer agreement to progress a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery cathode manufacturing facility at Darwin’s Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.

The binding agreement will provide Avenira with the authority and specifications to manufacture LFP battery cathode material in the city.

The manufacturing plant will be Australia’s first commercial-scale facility of its kind, designed to deliver 30,000 tonnes per annum of LFP powder, for use in electric vehicle and energy storage batteries.

“This is what the Territory Labor Government is about – finding quality, innovative projects that will create jobs now and into the future,” said NT Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles.

“For the past 12 months, my government has been working with Aveinra and now we are seeing the signing with ALEEES of a licence and technology transfer agreement, which will provide Avenira with the authority and specifications to manufacture lithium ferro phosphate battery cathode material at the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.”

Avenira estimates the project will create over 500 jobs during construction and 100 operations jobs, which will scale up to 300 positions and generate up to $1.5 billion annually to the Territory economy.

In September 2022, Avenira and ALEEES signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with the Northern Territory to progress the manufacturing plant.

Avenira is one of five companies with a ‘not to deal’ commitment for land at the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.

Its Wonarah Phosphate project in the Barkly will eventually supply phosphate to the LFP facility, with Avenira recently signing a Mining Agreement with the Arruwurra Aboriginal Corporation to continue to develop the project.

Phosphate is traditionally used in agricultural fertiliser and is in increasing demand for use as a critical mineral in electric vehicle and energy storage batteries to support increased use of green energy and transition to net-zero emissions.

Securing a technology partner of Aleees’ calibre gives us great confidence as we continue to develop the LFP project at Middle Arm, Darwin together,” said Avenira Chairman, Brett Clark.

“Once operational this will be Australia’s first LFP plant and an important example of value-adding to our upstream Wonarah Phosphate Resource.

“The production of LFP cathode material is an important pre-cursor to the manufacture of LFP batteries, which are gaining popularity among EV manufacturers globally and are also the preferred type of battery for energy storage systems.

“The LFP plants will create many opportunities for Australia with increased technology skills, research and development, engineering and integration with global renewable supply chains,” Mr Clark said.

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