5E Advanced Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEAM) (ASX: 5EA) (“5E” or the “Company”), a boron and lithium company with U.S. government Critical Infrastructure designation for its 5E Boron Americas Complex, is on track to becoming a globally significant producer of boron and lithium. The company recently provided an update on its path to success, which includes initial production of boron from its 5E Boron Americas Complex and a significant operational milestone achieved without any lost-time incidents in over two years.
Commissioning Activities for Boron Production Underway
Commissioning activities for the initial production of boric acid from the 5E Boron Americas Complex are currently underway, with plant and well-field construction substantially complete. According to Figure 1 and 2, the timeline for initial production of boric acid is currently subject to the receipt of final approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) under the Company’s Underground Injection Control Permit (“UIC Permit”).
The UIC Permit was awarded to the Company by the EPA on August 13, 2020, for extraction of boron and lithium. The permit contained several conditions that needed to be completed prior to commencement of mining. The company has fulfilled all conditions, including posting a bond, installing monitor wells and conducting monitoring, preparing alert levels to be used during operations, installing the initial injection/recovery wells, conducting testing on both the monitoring wells and injection/recovery wells, and closing all historic wells within the mining area.
The key required reports and documentation were submitted to the EPA for their approval in CYQ4 2022. The Company believes it is in full compliance with the terms of the permit. The EPA is currently reviewing these documents, and the company is responding to any questions. The Company expects to receive authorization to commence mining upon completion of EPA’s review. Importantly, the well-field and processing plant is on target to commence production once the authorization is received by the Company.
Significant Operational Milestone Achieved
In addition to the progress made towards becoming a leading global boron and lithium producer, 5E Advanced Materials has achieved a significant operational milestone.
The company reported that it has passed 2 years recording a no lost-time injury incidents from over 230,000 work hours. This result is the outcome of extremely hard and diligent work from not only a 5E perspective, but also its contractors.
5E Advanced Materials: A Key Player in the Global Boron and Lithium Market
5E Advanced Materials’ progress in its path to becoming a globally significant producer of boron and lithium has garnered attention from industry experts. With the Company’s Critical Infrastructure designation for its 5E Boron Americas Complex, the market is eagerly awaiting the commencement of mining operations.
The Company’s commitment to safety and compliance is also noteworthy. The achievement of a no lost-time injury incidents in over two years is a testament to the diligence and hard work of its employees and contractors.
5E Advanced Materials’ reputation as a responsible and reliable producer of boron and lithium is expected to attract more investors and buyers in the future.
The Boron and Lithium Market Outlook
The global boron and lithium market is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years. According to a report by ResearchAndMarkets, the boron market is projected to grow from USD 1.7 billion in 2021 to USD 2.4 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 7.0% during the forecast period. The lithium market, on the other hand, is expected to grow from USD 13.5 billion in 2020 to USD 94.4 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 48.5% during the forecast period.
The demand for boron and lithium is driven by their applications in various industries, such as ceramics, glass, and electronics. Boron is used as a fluxing agent in ceramics and glass, while lithium is a key component in batteries for electric vehicles and other applications. The increasing demand for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources is expected to fuel the growth of the lithium market in the coming years.
5E Advanced Materials’ update on its path to becoming a leading global boron and lithium producer is a positive development for the company and the industry as a whole. The progress made towards initial production of boron from the 5E Boron Americas Complex and the achievement of a significant operational milestone are noteworthy accomplishments. The company’s commitment to safety and compliance is also a reassuring sign for investors and buyers.
The global boron and lithium market is expected to grow in the coming years, driven by their applications in various industries, particularly in electric vehicles and renewable energy sources. With its Critical Infrastructure designation and commitment to safety and compliance, 5E Advanced Materials is poised to become a key player in this growing market.
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