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A planned $550 million-plus Townsville battery materials plant is a step closer with Queensland Pacific Metals formally securing the project site.

The company, a subsidiary of Pure Minerals, has entered into a binding reservation deed with Townsville City Council for the land in the
Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct.

“The reservation deed secures the TECH (Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub) project’s home at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct,” Pure Minerals chief executive officer Stephen Grocott said.

“We look forward to the TECH project becoming a cornerstone of this Townsville City Council initiative.

“QPM can now proceed with confidence with respect to other infrastructure and service agreements required to bring the TECH project into fruition.”

The company last month announced that it was looking at scaling up the TECH plant after scoring a major deal with South Korean chemical company LG Chem.

LG Chem is seeking to buy up to 10,000 tonnes of contained nickel and about 1000 tonnes of contained cobalt from TECH (the Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub).

That demand goes well beyond the output considered in the TECH pre-feasibility study for a $554 million battery chemicals plant (producing about 6000 tonnes contained nickel and 650 tonnes contained cobalt).

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the signing of the land reservation deed was another important milestone in the development of the jobs-generating Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct.

“Lansdown will be Northern Australia’s first environmentally sustainable, advanced manufacturing, processing and technology estate powered by locally-generated renewable energy,” she said.

“It has the potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the North Queensland economy.”

The key terms of the reservation deed for the TECH project are:
• $50,000 reservation fee payable to the council, rebated against any future sale and purchase agreement;
• Land is reserved for Queensland Pacific Metals for a period of 24 months; and
• Queensland Pacific Metals and the council will negotiate a binding sales and purchase agreement for the land within this 24 month period.

Queensland Pacific Metals is working with James Cook University on research hoped to see the Townsville project become world’s first ‘zero waste’ nickel /cobalt production facility.

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