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HESPERIA, Calif., April 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 5E Advanced Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEAM) (ASX: 5EA) (5E or the Company), a boron and lithium company with U.S. government Critical Infrastructure designation for its 5E Boron Americas Complex, today announced the Company’s operations team has successfully commissioned the facility and has launched full commercial operations. The Company began well-field injection on January 1st, 2024.

Key Highlights:

  • 5E Boron Americas Complex is fully commissioned and has now transitioned to operational status.
  • Final electrical work was completed by external engineering contractors as of March 15th.
  • Over 50,000 gallons of PLS has been accumulated since mining commencement.
  • Independent 3rd party analysis conducted inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry analysis (ICP) and confirms run-of-mine head grade of 5.5%.
  • The small-scale facility will:
    • Initially produce 2,000 short tons of boric acid and targeting initial production of lithium carbonate, with plans to scale up to a run rate of 9,000 short tons and increase lithium production.
    • Is now being run 24/7 as shift operators are trained and staffed.
    • Provide high-quality commercial product for customer qualification to secure offtake contracts and funding for phase one operations.
    • The Company’s Lithium Skid Unit was delivered to site with expectation of integrating into facility in the near-term.

Susan Brennan, Chief Executive Officer at 5E Advanced Materials, stated, I am proud to announce that 5E has achieved the most significant milestone in our Company’s history, as we have recently commenced commercial production of boric acid at the 5E Boron America’s Complex. This is a significant strategic step forward in the company’s evolution, and the initial results affirm the high-quality boric acid resource and further validate our initial operational assumptions, representing the foundation of our project economics. We expect our operational progress and success to build throughout the year, facilitating discussions with stakeholders around funding options for the Phase 1 commercial facility and executing commercial contracts.

Funding Opportunities

5E recently submitted a request for proposal response to the Department of Energy for a grant to fund research to enhance 5E’s lithium extraction work. Should the Company receive an award from this submission, funding is aimed towards increasing the amount of lithium carbonate that the Company’s facility can extract,…

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