Former Algoma Steel owners sign deal to help build lithium refinery in Thunder Bay – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 5, 2022)

Essar Group and Avalon Advanced Materials team up with aim of having $500-million processing plant in operation by 2025 to serve electric vehicle market

Avalon Advanced Materials has found a global financing partner from India to help build a $500-million lithium refinery in Thunder Bay.

After its first development partner backed out, Avalon, a Toronto-based junior miner, announced April 4 that it’s signed a binding letter of intent with RenJoules International, a subsidiary of the Essar Group.

Essar will become a strategic partner and a co-developer to financially back Avalon’s plans to construct a regional processing facility to handle the concentrate from its Kenora-area deposit and other lithium exploration companies in northwestern Ontario.

In a news release, Avalon said it expects construction to begin this year at a yet-to-be-named site in Thunder Bay, which the company said it is finalizing. Tentatively, the plant will go into operation in 2025.

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