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Alliance Magnesium Breaks Ground on New Magnesium Production Facility

Wednesday, July 1, 2020  
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June 29th 2020, Danville, Quebec, Canada
Alliance Magnesium broke ground on their new Magnesium production facility. The event was hosted virtually (Zoom) by Karine Vallieres, Alliance’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

An array of political dignitaries representing all levels of government attended the virtual ceremony. The list of virtual attendees included:

  • Élisabeth Brière, Member of Parliament for the riding of Sherbrooke, Quebec and Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)
  • Alain Rayes, Member of Parliament for the riding of Richmond-Arthabaska, Quebec
  • Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation (Assemblée Nationale du Québec)
  • André Bachand, Member of Quebec Provincial Parliament (Assemblée Nationale du Québec)
  • Hugues Grimard, Prefect of RCM Les Sources (Regional County Municipalities) and Mayor of Asbestos, Quebec

Each of the dignitaries expressed their support for Alliance Magnesium; and although not in attendance, the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and MP for Compton-Stanstead, Marie-Claude Bibeau, expressed the Canadian Government’s support for Alliance Magnesium via pre-recorded video.

It was impressive to hear the support from all levels of government.

Alliance Magnesium Ground Breaking

Pictured above: Alliance Magnesium officially breaks ground – On the left Chairman & CEO, Michel Gagnon, assisted by Joël Fournier, President and Chief Technical Officer.

The company is committed to operate in full compliance with standards and without any compromise on health, safety and the environment. Alliance has produced the following video to celebrate the occasion and state its goals (in French with English sub-tiles):

This ground breaking signifies the launch of the second phase of Alliances plan to achieve 50,000 MT of Magnesium production by the end of 2024.

The initial phase of the project which ended in 2019, included the pilot plant and purchase of specialty equipment.

In this second phase, called the demonstration plant phase, includes the construction and commissioning of 11,700 MT facility. It is expected that the casting facility will be in operation in 2021 producing metal from scrap, as construction continues. The goal is to quickly enter the market and enabling rigorous training in Magnesium handling to ensure the highest quality. Production from the serpentine feed is expected to begin no later than the end of 2022. This facility will employ approximately 100 people.

The third phase, referred to as the commercial phase will employ more than 250 people, and will be the completion of the 50,000 MT/yr production facility.

IMA attended the virtual ceremony and wishes Alliance Magnesium much success as they venture into the commercial production of Magnesium.

During the entire event, there was no question as to the commitment and enthusiasm of the Alliance team. It Is truly exciting to hear good news in a time over shadowed by the pandemic.

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