The Skaland graphite operation is located in northern Norway on the island of Senja, with TromsØ the nearest major town. Graphite was first discovered in the area in 1870 and production started in 1917. Skaland is the largest flake graphite producer in Europe and is presently the world’s highest grade operating flake graphite mine, with mill feed grade averaging around 28%C.
The production of high grade fines (<150 µm) will position Skaland as a supplier of high quality fines products. Coupled with the expected increase in coarse graphite recovery, MRC expects to improve the existing basket price of Skaland graphite.
Skaland currently produces ˜10ktpa of graphite concentrate which accounts for ˜2% of global annual flake graphite production. On completion of plant upgrades, MRC will target increasing production towards the new permit limit of 16ktpa.
Norway is leading the way for a transition to low emissions in transport. With the European and Nordic shift to decarbonised transportation, Skaland stands to become the largest producer of sustainably sourced active anode precursor material outside of China.