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Memorandum between the state and ČEZ: The state will support the construction of a Czech gigafactory for batteries for electric cars

On Monday, the government approved a memorandum between the state represented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and ČEZ on support for a project for a battery factory for electric vehicles in the Czech Republic, the so-called gigafactory. This was stated on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KarelHavlicek_/status/1419679992041156611) by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES). According to him, the expected investment of over 50 billion crowns will bring at least 2,300 jobs. The investment should amount to at least 52 billion crowns (Approx £1.6bn) in the 1st phase. Havlíček and CEZ CEO Daniel Beneš will sign the memorandum on Tuesday morning.

Havlíček announced last year that CEZ Group was considering building a factory for lithium batteries for cars in northern Bohemia in the next few years, which it described as a gigafactory project. Together with investors from the automotive industry, the company wants to use lithium from the Cínovec area in the Ore Mountains for the production of batteries.

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EMH’s Potential Cinovec Partner CEZ plans to Build a ‘Gigafactory’ in North Bohemia – Cadence Minerals

EMH’s Potential Cinovec Partner CEZ plans to Build a ‘Gigafactory’ in North Bohemia

An article published on the Radio Prague International website says Czech utility ČEZ plans to build a ‘gigafactory’ for batteries for cars in North Bohemia in the coming years that would use lithium discovered in the Ore Mountains near Cínovec, on the German border.

Cinovec is the largest lithium deposit in Europe and the fourth largest non-brine deposit in the world.

Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček said during a visit to Berlin on Wednesday that ČEZ plans to use lithium stocks from Germany and the Czech Republic. As such ore from Cinovec will be used to supply the ‘gigafactory’.

The Czech Republic has the biggest lithium reserves in Europe and many politicians have pushed for its mining to be in the hands of a state-controlled company, such as ČEZ.

AIM listed European Metals Holdings (AIM: EMH), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Geomet s.r.o., controls the mineral exploration licenses awarded by the Czech State over the Cinovec Lithium Project.

Currently, CEZ and EMH are close to concluding a deal that will see CEZ become a 51% of Geomet s.r.o., EMH’s wholly owned Czech subsidiary and the holder of the Cinovec licences.

Kiran Morzaria, non-executive director of EMH and CEO of AIM listed mining investment group Cadence Minerals (AIM: KDNC), which owns around 19% of EMH said the proposed development partnership between EMH and CEZ “underscores the importance of Cinovec as a key future battery grade lithium supplier to the European lithium market.”


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