Talga Group has received the environmental permit for its Nunasvaara South natural graphite mine in northern Sweden.

The permit for the mine, which forms part of Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project, has been issued by the Swedish Land and Environment Court.

Talga said the country’s positive decision included the grant of a Natura 2000 permit.

Talga managing director Mark Thompson said: “This key approval is a significant achievement, and a major step in Talga establishing its Swedish natural graphite anode production.

“The approval is the culmination of extensive technical, environmental and social studies over many years and has followed a highly rigorous permitting process. We look forward to continued engagement with all stakeholders as we progress towards mining this strategic resource for use in sustainable European battery production.”

The company is due to receive approval from the Swedish Mining Inspectorate for the Nunasvaara South exploitation concession application.

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The Vittangi Anode Project will use 100% renewable power to extract graphite, which is defined as critical material by the EU. The extracted material will be refined into coated anode for Li-ion batteries.

The first stage of the Vittangi Anode Project is expected to produce 19,500 tonnes per annum (tpa) of anode from the integrated mine-to-anode operation, for a period of 24 years.

The Nunasvaara South graphite mine will feed Talga’s proposed 19,500tpa battery anode manufacturing plant in the Luleå Industrial Park.

Talga is planning to commence early works at the battery anode production facility potentially at the start of H2 2023, subject to approvals.

The company said it is in talks with several European battery manufacturers pertaining to supply agreements of the graphite anode products.