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Guo Wenqing Meets with Major Official Zang Enliang of Hegang

Mr. Guo Wenqing, China Minmetals’ President and Party Group Deputy Secretary and MCC Chairman, met with Zhang Enliang, Secretary of Hegang Municipal Party Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of Hegang Municipal People’s Congress on November 13, 2018. The two sides had in-depth exchange of views on further strengthening new energy battery negative electrode material development.

Guo Wenqing indicated China Minmetals ranks among the top China with regard to new energy business. It holds such super large new energy material mining projects as Guizhou Manganese Industry, Qinghai Lithium Lake, and Ramu Nickel Project at the world’s third largest nickel laterite base in Papua New Guinea; boasts a 100,000-ton production scale of new energy battery cathode and precursor material; has completed China’s largest high nickel ternary precursor project at Caofeidian, Hebei Province, and operates a 40,000-ton cathode producer and 20,000-ton precursor manufacturer in Hunan. China Minmetals is committed to building the new energy whole industry chain and making it a new economic growth point. And its subordinates like China ENFI Engineering Co., Ltd., Changsha Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Co. Ltd., Shen Kan Engineering & Technology Corporation, MCC, provide survey, design, construction, mining, refining and other full-process support, and possess the mature technology of extracting graphite and graphene.

Guo Wenqing pointed out that in order to fill the blank of negative electrode material for new energy battery, China Minmetals has made every effort to enter the negative electrode material market and graphite industry. He wished that the Hegang Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government would help integrate quality graphite resources and wished to obtain strong support from Heilongjiang Province. China Minmetals is willing to deepen cooperation with Hegang, set up a special working group, convene a special meeting to intensify research on the cooperation program, accelerate the progress of the project, and use the 10 billion yuan new energy fund to participate in the comprehensive development and utilization of Hegang graphite resources and to contribute to the economic and social development of the City with the most advanced smelting and separation technologies in China.

Zhang Enliang briefly introduced the current situation of graphite resources in Hegang City. He said the City boasts the best small scale graphite resource in the world, which is the best negative electrode material for power batteries. China Minmetals, as a large centrally administered enterprise, enjoys advantages regarding technology, talent and capital in the new energy industry. He hoped to see both sides would strengthen cooperation, complement each other's advantages, and rationally utilize and conduct in-depth exploitation of mineral resources, so as to put an end to the current problems like low-end production, scattered development and environmental pollution. The Hegang Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government fully agree with the suggestions and opinions put forward by China Minmetals, and they will timely establish a special working group to strengthen cooperation, and communicate with the Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government as well as the Provincial Department of Land and Resources of Heilongjiang to jointly integrate high-quality resources. He expressed the wish to work hand in hand with China Minmetals in building Hegang graphite industry.

Li Siyong, Party Secretary, and Li Xianguo, Deputy County Mayor of Luobei County, Hegang City, Liu Caiming, Deputy General Manager and Member of the Party Leadership Group of China Minmetals, together with related personnel from China Minmetals and the MCC, like Zhang Mengxing, Wang Jionghui, Xiong Xiaobing, Wang Mingbao, Shao Bo and Qin Shibiao also attended the meeting.