AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX:AVZ) is in the advance stage of discussions with potential offtake partners for significant volumes of spodumene concentrate, lithium and tin.
The company was also recently accepted as a member of European Battery Alliance, an organisation launched by the European Commission to support the development and growth of the European battery industry.
AVZs strategy to ensure a diverse customer base has been further underpinned by the addition of lithium to the European Unions critical raw materials list.
Financing negotiations for Manono
AVZs negotiations related to the financing options for developing the Manono Lithium and Tin Project in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with several entities in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa are progressing well.
The companys data room has been made available to several entities for some months to allow due diligence on the Manono Project to be completed.
Tenders for the process plant as well as the Kabondo Dianda intermodal staging site, mine-site buildings, crew accommodation, diesel supply and camp catering services packages for the Manono project are currently being adjudicated by the company.
These contracts will be awarded once AVZs board makes a final investment decision (FID) to mine Manono.
The company has issued a tender for the rehabilitation of the Mpiana Mwanga Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) with proposals due back by the end of October 2020.
Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) for the HEPP, access road and power transmission line are complete.
AVZ is also engaged in discussions with the Angola Railway Company (CFB) regarding the potential use of their rail services.
Special Economic Zone
The company will hold an inaugural or stage 1 workshop this month with various government departments to discuss the proposed Manono Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) and it expects to begin stage 2 shortly after completing the first stage.
AVZs proposed framework of tax incentives has also been submitted to the DRC Government for its review.
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