Work on the Great Lakes Graphite plant in Matheson has officially begun. The company has started the commissioning process, which means they will be able to start running electricity. All of the permits have been secured and human resources have been set up. An electrical safety inspection was done this week, and assuming it comes back with no issues, the plant will have soon have power.
Once the commissioning process is done, Great Lakes will begin producing graphite products, which sell for as much as $3,000 a tonne. CEO Paul Gorman calls this is a milestone, and says they are working to insure benefits of their business are felt by Matheson and surrounding communities. He also says the plant will help Canada become a significant player in the supply chain for batteries for new applications, like electric cars and grid storage.