Mr. Dirk Harbecke
ROCK TECH LITHIUM SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH ROMANIAN GOVERNMENT
Rock Tech Lithium Inc. has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Romania. The MOU provides for co-operation and support in the company's search for a location in Romania for one of the company's next planned lithium hydroxide converters and, in the longer term, the construction and operation of such converter.
Rock Tech believes that a key factor in the site selection process of its second proposed converter will be access to regional infrastructure, such as transportation links and a rail connection. Rock Tech will seek a close collaboration with authorities, experts and local partners for all further planning steps.
Following the signing of the MOU, the company expects to start examining various locations in Romania and elsewhere in Eastern Europe for the site of its proposed converter, which will further Rock Tech's strategy of building several converters across Western Europe and Eastern Europe to supply the European electric vehicle industry with high-quality lithium hydroxide. The proposed converter will refine lithium-bearing rock into high-purity lithium hydroxide, which is needed by the electric vehicle industry and its suppliers to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles.
The proposed converter is expected to produce approximately 24,000 metric tonnes of lithium hydroxide per year, equivalent to the volume needed to equip around 500,000 electric cars with lithium-ion batteries. With an estimated capital cost of approximately 400 million euros, the proposed converter is expected to provide significant and enduring economic benefits, including the direct and indirect creation of more than 500 jobs during its construction and operation.
The MOU establishes a framework meant to address a number of significant factors in the company's decision-making process, which include:
- Access to government grants and other financial incentives to support the development of a large-scale, commercial clean tech project;
- Predictable and reasonable permitting and approvals processes and timelines;
- Streamlined sharing of information and data for collaboration among project stakeholders.
"We want to initiate the construction and operation of five lithium hydroxide converters in Europe by 2029 and are grateful for the government of Romania to support us in finding the ideal location for one of our next converters. It took us almost two years to find and sign our first location in Guben, Brandenburg. To keep our ambitious targets, we plan wisely and long term. We not only want to invest in Romania but also build up know-how, create jobs and work closely with local partners," stated Dirk Harbecke, chairman of Rock Tech Lithium.
About Rock Tech Lithium Inc.
Rock Tech Lithium is a clean tech company with operations in Canada and Germany that aims to supply the automotive industry with high-quality lithium hydroxide made in Germany. As early as 2024, the company intends to commission Europe's first lithium converter with a nameplate production capacity of 24,000 tonnes per year. This is equivalent to the volume needed to equip around 500,000 electric cars with lithium-ion batteries.
The company has set itself the goal of creating the world's first closed loop for lithium, thus closing the raw material gap on the road to clean mobility. Rock Tech owns the Georgia Lake project in Ontario, Canada, and, as early as 2030, around 50 per cent of the raw materials used are expected to come from the recycling of batteries.
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