Northern Graphite charts road to carbon neutrality at Bissett Creek

Northern Graphite (TSXV: NGC; OTC: NGPHF) is planning to make its Bissett Creek graphite property carbon neutral. The project is located in […]
Test mining at the Bissett Creek graphite project. Credit: Northern Graphite.

Northern Graphite (TSXV: NGC; OTC: NGPHF) is planning to make its Bissett Creek graphite property carbon neutral. The project is located in Renfrew county about 140 km west of Ottawa. Bissett Creek is 100%-owned and has passed its major permitting milestones.

An ISO-compliant life cycle assessment of the project, done by an independent consultant, estimated that by powering the mining fleet with natural gas rather than diesel, and replacing the planned natural gas-fired generating plant with hydroelectric power, the global warming potential (GWP) of the project could be reduced by more than half, to 1 kg of carbon dioxide-equivalent per kg of graphite produced.

The total carbon footprint of coated spherical purified graphite (CSPG) using Bissett Creek concentrates would be 7.3 kg CO2-equivalent per kg of product. By comparison, the carbon footprint of similar Chinese producers producing the CSPG product from natural material is estimated to be 16.8 kg of CO2-equivalent; it would be 17 kg of CO2-equivalent using synthetic material.

An additional study is under way to assess the benefits of an electric mining fleet to further reduce the project’s carbon footprint.

The Bissett Creek graphite deposit contains a very high percentage of valuable large flake graphite. This combined with simple metallurgy and favourable located with access to equipment, supplies, labour, natural gas, and markets gives the project the highest margin of any graphite project in the world, says Northern.

The Bissett Creek feasibility study called for the establishment of a mine and mill that would produce 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of concentrate annually. Based on the large resources, the company has already outlined plans to boost annual concentrate production by 20% with an increase of only 6% in the capital costs for the first phase.

The Bissett Creek deposit has measured and indicated resources of 69.9 million tonnes grading 1.74% graphitic carbon or 1.2 million in situ tonnes of graphite. The inferred portion is 24 million tonnes grading 1.65% graphitic carbon for 396,000 in situ tonnes of graphite.

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