Canadian firm, BITRI in P1.2bn deal for battery minerals

Widely popular: Analysts expect demand for copper and nickel to increasingly come from electric vehicles and their batteries PIC: JOEL-T_ISTOCK
Widely popular: Analysts expect demand for copper and nickel to increasingly come from electric vehicles and their batteries PIC: JOEL-T_ISTOCK

The Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation (BITRI) is set to sign a partnership deal with a Canadian firm on a C$129 million (P1.2 billion) project, which will extract minerals for the development of batteries used in electric vehicles and other low-carbon innovations.

The deal involves BITRI and Process Research Ortech (PRO) partnering to bring in funders for an as-yet-unnamed copper and nickel mine where minerals will be extracted for the development of batteries, which are increasingly required in the green energy transition.

The partnership was unveiled recently at the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Rwanda, with Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau later releasing a statement hailing the collaboration.

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We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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