BlackEarth Minerals is a diversified critical commodity explorer and developer. The ASX-listed Company has under its belt advanced projects, including Maniry Graphite Project in Southern Madagascar and Donnelly River Ni-Cu-PGE Project in Western Australia.
The Company is targeting the ethical production as well as low-risk supply of critical commodities. Significantly, graphite demand for batteries is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, amidst the global shift towards green energy and electrification trends. At the same time, graphite supply chains are gearing towards integrating a sustainable approach incorporating environmental, social as well as governance issues in the value chain.
To tap the growing market potential, BlackEarth has sought downstream processing partners to add further value to its products, especially for its flagship Madagascar-based Maniry Project, enhancing the project’s financial viability.
The Maniry Graphite Project (Razafy NW high-grade area) is located on a 40-year mining lease granted in Southern Madagascar, with tenements stretching over 20 kilometres and covering 35 large outcropping graphitic areas.
The focus of downward processing operations is to include the market demand assessment for expandable graphite and products that complement the escalating demand for green energy development.
BlackEarth has also concluded several production and valuation assessments. Additionally, the Company’s agreement with globally significant players in the graphite market is expected to strengthen its foothold in the booming electric vehicles market.
The Company has successfully fast-tracked its flagship Maniry Project to the Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) stage in less than two years. Meanwhile, graphite from the Maniry Project has conformed to the specifications required by Tier-1 end users such as expandable graphite markets, refractory industry participants and lithium-ion anode material manufacturers.
BlackEarth also holds the Donnelly River Project in Western Australia. The project is stationed approximately 240km south of Perth and is situated immediately adjoining the Thor and Odin Ni-Cu-PGE prospects of Chalice Gold Mines/Venture Minerals’ South West Project.