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Cornish Lithium secures investment from UK Infrastructure Bank, EMG, and TechMet

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Cornish Lithium has received a US$67 million (£53.6 million) initial investment from a group of institutional investors led by the UK Infrastructure Bank, alongside The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) and TechMet.

In its first direct equity investment, the UK Infrastructure Bank will invest approximately £24 million (US$30 million equivalent) into the development of the UK’s critical minerals supply chain with EMG, a US-based private equity fund focused on the energy and minerals sectors, also investing around £24 million (US$30 million equivalent). Cornish Lithium’s largest existing institutional shareholder, TechMet, the critical minerals investment company whose major backers include the US Government’s Development Finance Corp. (DFC), is investing a further US$7 million (£5.6 million), bringing its total investment into Cornish Lithium to US$30 million.

The funding package is expected to significantly accelerate progress toward the creation of a domestic supply of battery grade lithium compounds, which is crucial to support the scaling up of domestic battery production for electric vehicles and battery energy storage solutions for renewable energy sources. The initial investment is part of a larger funding package of up to an additional US$210 million (approximately £168 million) potential second-stage financing, which is expected to provide the equity foundation necessary for the pioneering mineral exploration and development company to achieve commercial production.

Jeremy Wrathall, founder and CEO of Cornish Lithium, said:

“Cornish Lithium has achieved its objective of defining world-class opportunities for lithium extraction in Cornwall from both lithium-enriched geothermal waters and from hard rock. It was therefore essential to secure funding from institutional investors with the financial muscle to bring our projects into commercial production. We are delighted to have secured investment from the UK Infrastructure Bank alongside EMG, as well as our much-valued partner TechMet.

“This funding will enable us to progress our Trelavour hard rock lithium project to a construction-ready status, as well as complete the engineering design work required to build a demonstration-scale geothermal waters extraction facility. These project milestones are expected to generate a significant value uplift for all of our shareholders and create substantial benefits for the local community. As well as creating job opportunities and fostering innovation, the investment signals confidence in our ambitions and will drive forward the modern-day renaissance of Cornwall’s 4000-year mining heritage. It is also a positive development for the UK’s automotive industry and green industrial revolution. A domestic source of lithium will strengthen the UK’s car manufacturing supply chain and improve its competitiveness, whilst reducing the carbon footprint associated with the manufacture of batteries and electric vehicles.

“A significant amount of work over many months has gone into securing this funding and I would like to thank our team at Cornish Lithium for all of their efforts to bring this transaction to fruition in collaboration with the teams at the UK Infrastructure Bank, EMG, and TechMet.

“It is exciting to now be able to share the news and look ahead to the next stage of our work. We are pleased to now give our existing shareholders the opportunity to vote on this ground-breaking deal for the UK economy, and we look forward to providing them with more details about the General Meeting to approve the transaction and the retail offer in due course.”

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