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Australia’s Syrah to Grow US Graphite Processing Unit

Industrial materials firm Syrah plans to add 180,000 square feet of real estate to its existing 50,000 square-foot Louisiana facility


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A file photo of an employee at at an EV battery making facility. Most battery makers are not greatly affected from short-term rises because of supply diversity and long-term deals, industry sources say. Photo: Reuters.

 

Australia’s Syrah Resources plans to expand its Louisiana facility to process graphite used in electric vehicle batteries, US state agency Louisiana Economic Development said on Tuesday.

Industrial materials firm Syrah plans to add 180,000 square feet of real estate to its existing 50,000 square-foot Louisiana facility and invest $176 million in the city of Vidalia to process graphite into active anode material used in electric vehicle batteries.

A unit of Syrah signed an agreement with electric carmaker Tesla in December to supply graphite.

The state agency said Syrah expects the expansion work to begin in the first quarter of 2022 and production to likely start in the third quarter of 2023.

Louisiana governor John Edwards said the expansion was a step towards helping electric-vehicle manufacturers leverage the state’s logistical advantages to meet rising demand for EVs.

The expansion will allow Syrah to produce 11,250 tonnes of active anode material, the state agency said.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Syrah Technologies is the subsidiary of Syrah Resources, which owns the Balama Graphite Operation in Mozambique.

 

  • Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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