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GRAPHITE: Saint John Carbon mill to be commissioned



OAKVILLE – – Saint Jean Carbon Inc. is pleased to provide an update on the construction of the Company’s mill, lab and anode material manufacturing facility. The purpose of the mill is to be able to take graphite mineralized rock and turn it in to spherically shaped, carbon coated anode material for the lithium ion battery market. It will be done within one production facility using traditional, nontraditional, proprietary and patent pending technologies. The Company believes that there is no other facility like this in North America.


The facility has been designed, engineered, re-worked and procured with the help of: DENM Engineering Ltd. Burlington Ontario, Magem Mining Inc. Toronto Ontario, R&D Advanced Innovations Inc. Bonfield Ontario, SGT Surplus Inc. Ottawa Ontario, Aluminum Surface Technologies’ Inc. Burlington Ontario and the Company’s internal resources.

Due to the unique nature of the facility, very specialized equipment has been either sourced or custom built. The main highlight of the mill is the Company’s proprietary and patent pending process for greatly increasing the head grade of the mineralize material before fine milling and floating. This allows for significantly smaller equipment and footprint as the process is working mostly with nearly finished product and does not need to process large amounts of waste
material. Flotation cells, drying, and filtering are all traditional processes utilized on the finishing end of the product.

Paul Ogilvie, CEO, commented: “This project is well underway. We hope to be commissioning in the coming weeks and ready for sample runs in late November. The facility will also be a “for-hire” mill, and we will encourage other companies to hire us to work with their material.” David Salari, P.Eng., CEO, of D.E.N.M. Engineering Ltd. commented: “It is a real pleasure to be building this processing facility within a city instead of hundreds of kilometres from civilization. The design and layout has offered unique challenges, but also created a very logical plug and play batch scenario. The team looks forward to laboratory commissioning and production of the final product.”

Once the facility is complete in the coming weeks, the Company will be offering tours and demonstrations to; industry, the universities, government bodies and customers. The website will host many photographs and the technical details. Visit www.saintjohncarbon.com.