Toronto, Ontario – (December 5, 2023) – Electra Battery Materials Corporation (NASDAQ: ELBM; TSX-V: ELBM) (“Electra”) today announced that George Puvvada, Ph.D., P.Eng., PMP, was appointed Vice President of Metallurgy and Technology effective today. Dr. Puvvada, who brings 30 years of experience developing effective flowsheets for recovering metals from complex formations and completing large-scale projects with some of the mining industry’s largest companies, including Cameco, Xstrata, Vale, and Inco.
Dr. Puvvada joined Electra in 2020 as Technical Manager and led the development of the company’s flowsheets for producing battery-grade cobalt sulfate and recycling black mass material to recover high value elements, including nickel, cobalt, lithium, copper and manganese. Dr. Puvvada guided Electra’s efforts to produce high quality nickel, cobalt and lithium carbonate products from North America’s only plant scale battery materials recycling trial to date.
“George’s promotion to Vice President, Metallurgy and Technology is a testament to his dedication, hard work and the success we have achieved with our black mass recycling trial,” said Trent Mell, Electra’s CEO. “As a member of the senior leadership team, George brings invaluable industry experience and subject matter expertise as we pursue our strategy of becoming the leading North American refinery of electric vehicle battery materials.”
Prior to joining Electra, Dr. Puvvada was employed with Northern Sun Mining, overseeing all aspects of feed evaluation, metallurgical processing, lab supervision and project development. He also previously worked as a metallurgist at the Peko Mine in Australia, testing, developing and piloting for the recovery of base and precious metals. Dr. Puvvada has also worked with some of the world’s leading metallurgical and engineering firms, including SNC Lavalin, Tetra Tech, Ortech and SGS.
Dr. Puvvada holds a bachelor’s degree in Mineral Processing from Andhra University in India and a PhD in Extractive Metallurgy from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
About Electra Battery Materials
Electra is a processor of low-carbon, ethically-sourced battery materials. Currently constructing North America’s only cobalt sulfate refinery, Electra is executing a multipronged strategy focused on onshoring the electric vehicle supply chain. Keys to its strategy are integrating black mass recycling and nickel sulfate production at Electra’s refinery located north of Toronto, advancing Iron Creek, its cobalt-copper exploration-stage project in the Idaho Cobalt Belt, and expanding cobalt sulfate processing into Bécancour, Quebec. For more information visit www.ElectraBMC.com.
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