The Australian government recently announced the establishment of a A$2 billion loan facility for domestic critical minerals projects. Critical minerals such as lithium and the REEs are a growing strategic focus for governments around the world due to their position in the future energy economy, and demand is expected to grow significantly. This webinar begins with more information on this new critical minerals loan facility and what it entails.
Panellists discuss the current supply chain constraints and the impacts that this has on the metals and mining industry as well as the current financing environment and where they see gaps. Panellists then discuss downstream opportunities and the necessity for Australia’s processing facilities to grow in order to secure their domestic supply chains. We look at current issues at play that are impact the industry: namely labour & skills shortages, the long lead times to commercial production, and PR & communications breakdowns.
Future growth opportunities are mentioned – in both processing and recycling of these critical minerals.
Finally, panellists discuss lessons learnt from other similar initiatives and plans moving forward.
Jeff Amrish Ritoe, Energy & Raw Materials Advisor
Jan Fuchter, Director, Project & Structured Finance, Export Finance Australia
Dan Porter, Portfolio Manager, Resources Fund, PURE Asset Management
Adrian Griffin, Managing Director, Lithium Australia