With Terrafame, Finland's government has resurrected the assets of formerly defunct Talvivaara Mining, and is shaping up to bring about the world's largest nickel sulfate plant early next year.
Having initially invested in Terrafame back in 2017, Trafigura has been growing its stake over time through two tranches of equity-linked financing provided by its Galena Asset Management arm, all with material offtake facilities attached.
At present, Galena would hold 44.3% of Terrafame if all its options were exercised, almost treble its initial position.
Terrafame’s new battery chemical plant will come online by the end of the first quarter of 2021
and with a nickel sulfate production capacity of 170,000 tonnes per year, will effectively double global supply of the preferential battery-grade material.
“We no longer talk of ourselves as a nickel producer or the biggest nickel mine in Europe. Our purpose statement has changed in line...