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Lincoln Minerals has received further endorsement for its Kookaburra graphite project on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

An independent review of previous testwork from a 30-year metallurgical veteran confirms graphite from Kookaburra is an ideal feedstock for battery anode material to serve global electric vehicle (EV) markets.

The endorsement from Clint Bowker, who has extensive experience working with the likes of Bureau Veritas Group and BHP, confirms existing data is sufficient for Lincoln to commence a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for Kookaburra.

Due in the fourth quarter of 2024, the PFS will propose the production of graphite concentrate at production rates 70–185 per cent higher than those in the 2017 feasibility study.

Lincoln is targeting production rates of 60,000–100,000 tonnes per annum of natural graphite concentrate, which has the potential to significantly increase offtake and investor interest in the Kookaburra project.

“Our Kookaburra graphite project is an advanced graphite development project, with continued data reviews undertaken by management demonstrating that it is more advanced than I expected when I first joined Lincoln seven months ago,” Lincoln chief executive officer Jonathan Trewartha said.

“The presence of substantial quantities of micronised testwork and high-quality product samples fast-tracks our plans to advance the project to production.

“Previous pilot plant test work undertaken in China and completed in 2018 used samples from not only the Kookaburra Gully deposit but also the Koppio and Kookaburra Gully extended deposit, giving a high confidence that the results we already possess are representative.”

Trewartha said Lincoln was well positioned amid a strengthening policy environment.

“There is strong policy and funding support from various levels of Australian Government for Australian critical minerals projects and the associated downstream supply chain,” he said.

“Lincoln considers itself ideally positioned to benefit from this policy and support and aims to work closely with government to see the rapid development of our compelling high-grade project.”

Lincoln recently appointed Stephen McEwen as project development manager to oversee the Kookaburra PFS.

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