Energizer Resources’ Craig Scherba | Summary and Q&A

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December 12, 2016
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Energizer Resources’ Craig Scherba

TL;DR

Energizer Resources has a high-quality and large graphite deposit in Madagascar, with a quick path to production.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How does Energizer Resources' graphite project in Madagascar differ from others in terms of quality and volume?

Energizer Resources' graphite project in Madagascar is unique because it is a high-quality deposit with significant volume potential. While graphite has been mined in Madagascar for over a century, projects have typically produced smaller quantities of between 2,000 to 5,000 tons per year of flake graphite.

Q: What is the company's nearest term catalyst for the project?

The nearest term catalyst for Energizer Resources' project is the beginning of the design development engineering for the mine itself, which is estimated to take about a month. Following that, the company will focus on procuring equipment for the mining operation in Madagascar.

Q: How has the company optimized their construction and operational approach to reduce costs?

Energizer Resources has adopted a phased approach to construction and a modular construction philosophy. By using pre-built modules and reducing the number of people on-site, they aim to lower capital costs and keep operating costs low.

Q: How has Energizer Resources addressed value-added portions and costs for their graphite project?

Energizer Resources is investing in value-added portions of the project by using a modular approach. They are considering on-site or off-site purification processes and exploring the expanded graphite market. In terms of costs, they have optimized their approach to reduce capital costs and operating costs, making them competitive with Chinese producers.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Energizer Resources has been conducting exploration work in Madagascar since 2007 and discovered a high-quality graphite project in 2011.

  • The company has completed a front-end engineering and design study, which concluded that their project has low capital costs in comparison to others in the market.

  • Through a phased approach and modular construction philosophy, Energizer Resources aims to reduce capital costs and operating costs, making their project competitive in the graphite market.

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