No Exportation In Raw State

– Minister Assures

Ghana’s first ever Lithium Mining Lease, granted Barari DV Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the Atlantic Lithium Limited, for the extraction of lithium at Ewoyaa in the Mfantseman Municipality in the Central Region, incorporates some interesting terms and policies that seem to secure the larger interest of the citizens, as far as local content is concerned.

As part of the deal to ensure the country derives its optimal benefit, government said the lithium will not be exported in its raw state, as all by-products from the operation, such as “feldspar and kaolin would have to be sold locally to feed the local ceramic and other industries.”

“So, we have agreed that if the company is unable to establish a chemical plant in the country, it will provide its mineral mined to any chemical plant established in the country. This will ensure that we do not export lithium in its raw state,” Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel A. Jinapor, said.

He said, “In terms of value addition, the company has committed to complete a feasibility study for the establishment of a chemical plant within four (4) months of the signing of the lease. As I have said repeatedly, our commitment is to ensure that, as much as possible, we add value to these minerals before exporting them. We do not intend to export lithium in its raw state.”

The Lease also incorporates new and enhanced terms intended to ensure that the country benefits hugely from this mineral and this includes an increase in royalty rate from the standard 5% to 10% and the state’s interest in the project from 10% to 13%.

Speaking at a short ceremony on Thursday, October 19in Accra, to sign deal, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister said, Government took a decision not to treat this mineral the same way the other minerals were treated.

Mr. Jinapor said it was, therefore, necessary to put in place a special policy for the exploitation and management of this mineral before granting any Mining Lease.

He said after series of consultations, Cabinet approved a policy for the exploitation and management of green minerals, including lithium, and the Mining Lease, granted the company, incorporates the policy approved by Parliament.

“The Lease we are signing today differs from our standard Mining Lease, in that, it incorporates the agreed terms we have concluded with the company, based on the Policy approved by Cabinet,” the minister explained.

Mr. Jinapor said the agreed terms give the government and the people of Ghana greater value in the mining of this mineral.


Giving some highlights on the Lease, he said royalty rate has been increased to ten percent (10%) from the standard 5% and the State’s free carried interest in the mining operation has been increased from 10%to 13%.

In addition to the free carried interest, Government, through the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF), will acquire additional 6% in the mining operation, as well as a 3.06% in the Company’s parent entity, which is listed on the Australian and London Stocks Exchange.

The minister said the company would, also, be required to list on the Ghana Stock Exchange to ensure that Ghanaian entities, like pension funds, and individuals who want to invest in this business can participate in it.

According to Mr. Jinapor, the company will, also, pay 1% percent of its revenue into a Community Development Fund, to be utilized for the development of communities impacted by their operations, and will work to establish a chemical plant for the processing of lithium.

In the event that the company is unable to establish a chemical plant, the company will provide its lithium to any chemical plant established by third parties in the country. This will create more jobs and bring more development into the mining communities and the country at large.

He said Government recognizes the impact of mining on mining communities and is committed to ensure that these communities, as well as Ghanaians who are, by law, the owners of these minerals, benefit from them.

He called on the company to adhere strictly to the mining laws of the country and the agreement reached with Government, and to ensure that they engage in responsible, sustainable and environmentally-sound mining practices.



Feasibility Studies

The granting of the Mining Lease follows the completion of prospecting and feasibility studies by the company, as well as series of negotiations between the government and the company.

The Lease covers an area of approximately 42.63 square kilometres, and grants the company the exclusive right to work and produce lithium and associated minerals in the area, in accordance with the mining laws of the country.

Lithium is one of the main minerals used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, which is being promoted as a substitute for fossil fuels, as the world continues to battle with climate change. Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels by the internal combustion engines have been identified as one of the major contributors to the climate crisis.

To deal with this, global leaders are promoting a green energy transition, to progressively limit, and ultimately, eliminate carbon emissions.

Already, some countries have passed laws to phase out vehicles that use fossil fuels. This has created an emerging market for the battery industry, and minerals required for the production of batteries, referred to as green minerals or critical minerals. Currently, African countries that are mining lithium export the mineral in its raw state.

Barari Ltd. commenced exploration for lithium in the country in 2017 and discovered high grade lithium in commercial quantities in Ewoyaa. Geological investigations, also, show deposits in various parts of the country, from the south to the north, predominantly around Cape Coast, Kumasi, Sunyani, Bole and Wa. However, the country is yet to commence the mining of this mineral.

Atlantic Boss speaks

The Executive Chairman of Atlantic Lithium Limited, Mr. Niel Herbert, thanked the minister and the government for their cooperation in reaching this milestone.

He said the Ewoyaa project is very important to the company, and the company is willing to work with government to ensure the effective exploitation of this mineral for the benefit of Ghanaians.

He pledged the commitment of the company to abide by the laws of the Ghana, and ensure a safe mining environment.


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