eCombustible Energy Awarded Construction and Environmental Permit for Fuel Supply Modules at Global Mining Company Anglo American Nickel Mine in Brazil
Marks First Governmental Approval in Brazil
Commercialization Phase of Technology Expected to Commence Q4 2022
Partnership to Support Anglo American’s Carbon-Neutrality Commitment
MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–eCombustible Energy LLC, a leading innovator and provider of customizable hydrogen-based fuel for thermal industrial applications, has received authorization from Brazil’s Ministry of State for the Environment and Sustainable Development to begin construction and installation activities of its patented fuel supply modules at a nickel mine in Brazil operated by Anglo American (LSE: AAL), a British multinational mining company.
Anglo American is a responsible producer of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, premium quality iron ore and metallurgical coal for steelmaking, and nickel, with crop nutrients in development, and is committed to being carbon neutral across its operations by 2040. The company recently signed an agreement with the mineral-rich Brazilian state of Minas Gerais to invest up to $800 million through 2025 in local operations.
The permit covers construction and environmental approvals for eCombustible’s Anglo American three-phased project. Phase 1 covers a seven-year supply contract to replace Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in pellet dryers at the mine with fuel supply modules that are designed to allow Anglo American to significantly reduce carbon emissions and support its Environmental, Social and governance (ESG) goals. Subsequent Phases 2 and 3 are expected to include replacing heavy fuel oil and pulverized coal in kilns for a total of 563,000 MMBTU/month or 225 MW of energy and are subject to negotiation of definitive documentation between eCombustible and Anglo American.
“Permitting for our Anglo-American project in Brazil is an important milestone for our company as we prepare to enter the commercialization phase with pre-commissioning or commercial start expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2022,” said Jorge Arevalo, Chief Executive Officer of eCombustible Energy.
About Anglo American
Anglo American is a leading global mining company and its products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life. Its portfolio of world-class competitive operations, with a broad range of future development options, provides many of the future-enabling metals and minerals for a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing every day demands of billions of consumers. With its people at the heart of its business, Anglo American uses innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover new resources and to mine, process, move and market its products to its customers – safely and sustainably.
As a responsible producer of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, premium quality iron ore and metallurgical coal for steelmaking, and nickel – with crop nutrients in development – Anglo American is committed to being carbon neutral across its operations by 2040. More broadly, Anglo American’s Sustainable Mining Plan commits to a series of stretching goals to ensure it works towards a healthy environment, creating thriving communities and building trust as a corporate leader. Anglo America works together with its business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock enduring value from precious natural resources for the benefit of the communities and countries in which it operates, for society as a whole, and for its shareholders. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives. For more information visit www.angloamerican.com.
Founded in 2010 by Miami-based entrepreneur and investor Jorge Arevalo, eCombustible Energy offers a long-term fuel supply solution that is designed to provide the world’s most fossil-fuel dependent industries with a fuel that is carbon-free, cost-competitive, and requires little to no modification to existing customer equipment. The efficacy of its hydrogen-based fuel, eCombustible, has been validated through testing and independent assessments by third-party engineering firms. For more information visit www.ecombustible.com.
This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including (without limitation) statements regarding the potential benefits of the permit, the expectations of eCombustible Energy LLC (together with its subsidiaries and divisions, “eCombustible” or the “Company”) regarding the various phases of the proposed project, the anticipated timing of pre-commissioning or commercial start, the belief that the project will help Anglo American meet some of its ESG goals, eCombustible’s expectations regarding the scope of the project, and the potential benefits and attributes of eCombustible’s solution and technology. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result” and similar expressions, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties.
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