Sibanye-Stillwater to buy Sandouville nickel facility from Eramet

Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater is going to buy the Sandouville nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility from French mining group Eramet SA in a move to build on its strategy to diversify into the battery metals supply chain, the company said.

The current Sandouville facilities, located in Normandy, France, include a hydrometallurgical nickel refinery with a capacity of 12,000 tonnes per year of high-purity nickel metal, 4,000 tpy of high-purity nickel salts and solutions and around 600 tpy of cobalt chloride.
The site is scalable for nickel, cobalt and lithium battery grade products, and will enable Sibanye-Stillwater to further advance its battery metals strategy and recycling activities, the company said.

The $77 million deal – which is subject to various approvals including by the works council of Eramet Sandouville – follows Sibanye-Stillwater’s investment in February in a 30% stake in the Keliber lithium hydroxide project, made in partnership...

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Andrea Hotter

July 30, 2021

16:11 GMT

New York