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FREYR advances 35-GWh gigafactory project in US with partner Koch


Norwegian battery start-up FREYR Battery said Monday it is accelerating its US gigafactory project development towards H2 2022, catalysed by the country’s Inflation Reduction Act, Kallanish reports.

The company said in its Q2 results presentation that it has advanced the site selection process for the so-called Giga America, narrowing it down to five locations. The project, a JV with Koch Strategic Platforms, is planned to have capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours and use 24M Technologies’ generation 3 technology.

“The proposed US Inflation Reduction Act includes game changing financial incentives to spur development of battery value chain,” FREYR says. “Proposals in the bill that are relevant to FREYR and our customers include $35/kWh battery cell manufacturing tax credit, $10/kWh battery module manufacturing tax credit and 10% separate tax credits for critical materials and active cathode/anode materials.” The company also notes the direct pay option through 2032.

To foresee the expected project launch and final site selection by year-end, FREYR has opened an office in Boston. It didn’t disclose details of the potential locations.

Elsewhere, FREYR said it’s engaged with a consortium of potential of lenders that includes 14 commercial banks, four export credit agencies and two investment banks to finance its flagship $1.7 billion Giga Arctic project in Norway – previously known as combined Giga 1&2. The project sanctioned in June will have 29 GWh capacity, with first production expected in H1 2024.

FREYR intends to reserve 50% of its capacity to long-term offtakers, with negotiations currently in advanced stage. The company has previously announced six conditional offtake agreements.

The company posted a net profit of $4.7 million, compared to a net loss of $34.9m in Q1. 

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US scrap market to settle at lower levels


After kicking off last week, US scrap trading is expected to settle during the first half of the current week, but suppliers are seen resisting lowering prices, Kallanish notes.

Towards the end of last week, a US producer gave a bid for cut grades and busheling at a $30/gross ton and $70/t discount respectively. However, suppliers are seen resisting these discounts, specifically the $70/gt discount on prime grades.

“This is a sharp decrease and carries busheling prices below shredded in some regions,” says a scrap supplier.

Most market participants expect US prices to settle within 2-3 days, with cut grades and shredded expected to fall by $20-30/gt and prime grades by $50-70/gt from July prices.

On the West Coast, buying interest for US-origin containerised HMS 1&2 80:20 remains weak. Japanese scrap is attracting more attention after its spread to US prices narrowed to almost zero. While buyers’ price ideas for US material do not exceed $320-325/tonne cfr Taiwan, US suppliers are seen targeting higher levels, at above $335/t cfr, following the rebound in Turkey last week and yen appreciation.

On the East Coast, US suppliers are increasing their price targets in Turkey despite the decline in the US domestic market. Offers in the market are scarce, and US suppliers are seen targeting to sell HMS 1&2 80:20 at above $400/t cfr Turkey. On Monday, there were rumours of a US-origin HMS 1&2 80:20 sale at $388/t cfr being done last week. This is, however, denied by the seller.

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China's MIIT releases H1 data related to nickel, cobalt, lithium


China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently released details of the country's nickel, cobalt, and lithium industries during H1.

According to the announcement released on 5 August, during H1 2022, the total output of nickel and lithium increased on-year while that of cobalt had a slight decrease; the average price of battery-grade lithium carbonate was CNY 453,000 ($67,112.57)/tonne, an on-year increase of 454%, Kallanish learns. 

The MIIT thinks the continuous growth in nickel and lithium production volumes is due to the rapid development of the new energy industry. The demand for lithium carbonate products is expected to remain high during the second half of 2022. 

According to data from the General Administration of Customs, during H1 2022, import volume of nickel concentrate reached 15.1 million t, an on-year decline of 8.3%; import volume of electrolytic nickel was 83,000 t, an on-year decline of 3.7%; import volumes of cobalt concentrate and wet-method cobalt intermediate products reached 12,000 t, and 160,000 t respectively, an-year increases of 79.2% and 4%; and import volumes of lithium concentrate and lithium carbonate reached 1.162m t and 71,000 t, on-year increases of 13.5% and 66.5%. 

Prices of electrolytic nickel, metal cobalt, and battery-grade lithium carbonate fell 44.2%, 32.5% and 6.8%, respectively, from the highs in late June. 

During H1 2022, China's lithium hydroxide output reached 11,000 t, an on-year increase of 35%; nickel sulfate output increased 34.5% y-o-y; refined cobalt output was 58,000 t, an on-year decline of 6.9%, according to market data from Beijing Antaike.

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Italy could inject €1 billion into Acciaierie d'Italia


The Italian government may inject between €500 million ($509m) and €1 billion into troubled steelmaker Acciaierie d’Italia, formerly known as Ilva, the minister for economic development Giancarlo Giorgetti has announced.

The funds will be released thanks to a new decree called “Aiuti Bis” prepared by the Ministry for economic development (Mise) to save the company, a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and state-owned Invitalia, from its current liquidity crisis. The steelmaker is heavily reducing output due to the current deteriorated market conditions and also a lack of liquidity to buy raw materials, sources close to the company tell Kallanish.

Acciaierie d’Italia mothballed BF No.2 until the end of August amid the downturn in prices and demand in the global coil market. At present, Acciaierie d'Italia’s Taranto facility is operating BFs Nos.1 and 4, one of which sources say will be mothballed. In June, two galvanizing lines were also idled due to deteriorating demand for coil. At the end of 2021, the steelmaker mothballed blast furnace No.4 because of a technical issue. In October 2021, BFs Nos. 1 and 4 were restarted. The latter was idled for about seven months and the company spent €70 million on upgrade works (see Kallanish passim).

Chief executive officer Lucia Morselli told the Italian press the production target for this year at 5.7 million tonnes is confirmed. In 2021 the company reached a turnover of  €3,3 billion and 4 million tonnes of steel production, sources say.

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Philippine wire rod import market lacks direction


Exporters have raised offer prices for wire rod in the Philippines this week, Kallanish notes. This is in tandem with increased optimism that regional steel markets would mirror the firming Chinese steel market. However, a drop in the Chinese domestic billet market on Thursday reflects the volatility in markets.

Traders are offering 6.5mm SAE 1008 blast furnace regional wire rod for September/October shipment at $580-585/tonne cfr. Last week, small 1,000-3,000t cargoes of regional wire rod transacted at $570/t cfr Manila.

“The market is very quiet,” a Manila trader says. He and others say that rising political tension between mainland China and Taiwan is the latest negative factor affecting trade.

Blast furnace wire rod from Indonesia and Malaysia were offered on Tuesday at $560/t fob and $550/t fob respectively, a Chinese trader says. The mills were planning to hike prices further but, with the retreat in Chinese steel futures, he thinks they will now lower prices. The backslide in Chinese futures is due to the conflict with Taiwan, he says. The above-mentioned Malaysian wire rod is offered at $585/t truck-delivered to Singapore, a Singapore trader reports.

Another Manila trader hears but is unable to confirm an order for regional wire rod at $575-580/t cfr Cebu. This is a workable price level “given what has transpired the past few months and the current global economic and geopolitical atmosphere, that can change very quickly,” he observes. Mills and traders continue to sell on the basis of "whoever blinks first loses," he adds. This means whichever party urgently needs to buy or sell must compromise.

Kallanish assessed SAE 1008 6.5mm diameter wire rod on Thursday at $570-575/t cfr Manila, up $2.5/t on-week.

On Thursday, domestic billet in Tangshan slipped by CNY 50/t ($7/t) to CNY 3,710/t after gaining CNY 210/t since 28 July. Thursday's price drop deters import buying, Chinese traders say. A regional trader reports hearing the latest bids from China for billet imports at $495/t cfr, adding that no bookings have transpired yet. Several traders heard Iranian billet, possibly 50,000 tonnes, was ordered at $510/t cfr China during the recent price rally.

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