The Sandouville facility is located within the industrial coronary heart of Europe at Le Havre, France’s second-largest industrial port, with strategic entry to infrastructure together with delivery, rail and key motorways, supporting any future provide into the European finish person markets.
The present Sandouville amenities embody a hydrometallurgical nickel refinery with a manufacturing capability of 12,000 tonnes every year of high-purity nickel metallic, 4,000 tonnes every year of high-purity nickel salts and options and round 600 tonnes every year of cobalt chloride.
The transaction is the second step in Sibanye-Stillwater’s battery metals technique, constructing on the funding within the Keliber lithium hydroxide mission, in partnership with the State of Finland and the Finnish Minerals Group, introduced in February 2021.
The Sandouville web site is a polyvalent facility which is already zoned for heavy industrial functions. The location s scaleable for nickel, cobalt and lithium battery-grade merchandise, and can allow Sibanye-Stillwater to additional advance its battery metals technique and recycling actions.
The acquisition is seen as a low-risk entry into the nickel beneficiation enterprise and the preliminary focus will likely be on ramping up throughput as per the prevailing Eramet plans. As a part of the due diligence Sibanye-Stillwater has accomplished a scoping research to in parallel with present manufacturing additional improve the Sandouville amenities to focus on particular nickel battery metallic merchandise.
“We’re delighted to progress with this second step in our battery metals technique, which is a crucial step in getting additional downstream publicity to the battery metals worth chain,” Neal Froneman, Sibanye-Stillwater mentioned within the assertion.
The Sandouville facility is ideally positioned near the European end-user markets and nicely supported by important logistical infrastructure, which can enable us to leverage our current Platinum Group Metals relationships.,” Froneman mentioned.
“We look ahead to working with Eramet and the French authorities to construct a number one battery metals platform in Europe.”