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Tirupati Graphite starts production at Flake Graphite Production Facilities

Tirupati Graphite has commenced production from the newly flake graphite production facilities at its Sahamamy project in Madagascar. Shishir Poddar, Executive Chairman revealed that the company has reached a globally significant 30,000 tpa flake graphite capacity and is progressing towards a steady state >80% production in the near term.

“The start of production at the new 18,000 tpa Sahamamy project is a significant milestone for us. This takes our production capacity to 30,000 tons of high-quality flake graphite cementing our position as a leader in the space. I want to thank the team on the ground for their efforts and particularly given the severe weather difficulties faced,” Shishir Poddar, Executive Chairman.

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The new facilities created include: new mining equipment fleet with a capacity to mine c.450,000 metric tons per annum (‘tpa’) run of mine graphite and two pre-concentrate plants each with 600 metric tons per day (‘tpd’) ore processing capacity aggregating to c.400,000 tpa ore processing capacity; a final concentrate plant with capacity to produce 18,000 tons flake graphite per annum matching the preconcentrate capacity; c.3 kilometre long slurry pumping system for transport of preconcentrate product from the preconcentrate units set up at the Sahasoa deposits to the final concentrate unit; and ancillary facilities including but not limited to stores, office, laboratory and residential facilities, processing plant water and tailing management facilities.

At the Vatomina Project in Madagascar, the second preconcentrate unit has been seamlessly operating since the company reported its commissioning and integration with the existing operations on 29 December 2022. Progress has been made in improving the average head grade at Vatomina by using the extension deposits of the currently operating pits. The company is engaged to take steps to reach the name plate capacity of 12,000 tpa production by improving the head grade to an average of >3.5% from the current 2.5% range.

“The outlook for global graphite demand is overwhelmingly positive. As a key component in EV batteries, the continued growth of the electric vehicle industry, with sales exceeding 10 million in 2022, will drive the demand and price of graphite for the foreseeable future. Security of supply is critical to the growth of the EV industry. While we will remain focused on bringing our projects to name plate capacity production in the immediate term, we will continue to grow to the 84,000 tpa production from our Madagascar projects and engage for furthering the development of the assets we are acquiring in Mozambique to seize opportunities the energy transition and green economy brings to us,” said Poddar.

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