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Vulcan Energy halted, pending its fifth offtake agreement

Wed 08 Dec 21, 12:35pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Vulcan Energy (VUL) has entered into a trading halt, pending a “further binding offtake” announcement
  • Vulcan shares are expected to resume trading on Friday, 10 December
  • The upcoming announcement would mark Vulcan’s fifth offtake agreement in the past five months

Vulcan Energy (VUL) has entered into a trading halt, pending a “further binding offtake” announcement. 

Vulcan shares are expected to resume trading on Friday, 10 December.

The upcoming announcement would mark Vulcan’s fifth offtake agreement in the past five months.

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What’s worthy of note is that Vulcan’s (VUL) offtake agreements to date have covered approximately 90% of its forecasted lithium hydroxide output in 2026.

In more detail, the annual minimum supply amounts for its four existing offtake agreements total approximately 36,100 tonnes. 

From an output perspective, Vulcan’s pre-feasibility study is targeting 40,000 tonnes of battery quality lithium hydroxide upon completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2 developments. 

Phase 1 is expected to commence maiden lithium production around mid-2024 for 15,000 tonnes and Phase 2 is looking to come online around mid-2025 for an additional 25,000 tonnes.  

Vulcan has in place three variable offtake agreements with Umicore, Renault and Stellantis.

In a scenario where all three companies choose to exercise the maximum supply amounts, Vulcan would need to front up approximately 43,500 tonnes of lithium hydroxide from 2026 onwards. 

It’s not all about lithium 

The other arm of Vulcan’s business is renewable energy.

During Phase 1 and Phase 2 developments, the company will construct a total of five geothermal plants which will use hot brines to product renewable electricity. At full capacity, the energy business is forecast to generate 74 megawatts (MW) of power.

Vulcan plans to sell excess electricity to the grid.

Within its recent Annual General Meeting slides, Vulcan hinted that there were" renewable heat offtakes in progress".

 

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and was Vice President of the University Network for Investing and Trading (UNIT). He is an avid swing trader, and drawn to breakouts and technical set ups. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a huge UFC fan, loves poker and bouldering.

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