Canada-based mining company Elcora Advanced Materials Corporation has commenced operations on its 16 square-kilometre manganese mining concession in northern Morocco.
The previously extracted manganese piles onsite contain about 5,500 metric tonnes of ore, the company said in a statement.
“This allows Elcora to sort, process and sell manganese ore as of today to meet customers’ expectations,” the statement said, adding mining will continue as a surface deposit, saving the company time and money.
Manganese is a key component for battery-grade minerals and metals, which are essential for the global battery value chain.
“We are confident that we can produce high-quality battery metals and minerals that meet the growing demand from the electric vehicle and energy storage sectors,” said Troy Grant, President, and CEO of Elcora.
(Writing by P Deol; Editing by Anoop Menon)