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Royal Helium’s $25 Million JV Sees More Helium Resources, New Facility Construction and Global Exportation

Posted by Paul Nanuwa at 1:39 PM on Friday, April 19th, 2024

$25 Million Partnership with Sparrowhawk Developments: A Major Milestone in Helium Exploration and Production


The race to space has captivated the world’s attention, with significant achievements like India’s lunar landing and SpaceX’s groundbreaking missions for NASA. In this dynamic landscape, helium has emerged as a critical component for space launches and various high-tech applications. Royal Helium, a key player in the helium industry, has made headlines with its recent $25 million partnership with Sparrowhawk Developments, marking a significant milestone in helium exploration and production. This partnership signals not only Royal Helium’s growth trajectory but also its strategic positioning in the booming helium market.

Unlocking Growth Potential:

Royal Helium’s collaboration with Sparrowhawk Developments represents a pivotal moment for the company’s growth. With Sparrowhawk investing $25 million in drilling, well completion, and construction of a new helium purification facility, Royal Helium gains the resources to accelerate its expansion plans. This infusion of capital enables Royal Helium to shift its focus from single-field development to multi-field operations, thereby maximizing its helium production capacity and strengthening its market position.

Value for Shareholders:

The partnership with Sparrowhawk is a testament to Royal Helium’s commitment to delivering value to its shareholders. By leveraging external funding for infrastructure development, Royal Helium minimizes dilution of ownership and maximizes returns for its investors. Shareholders can be confident in the company’s ability to execute its growth strategy effectively, backed by a strategic partnership that aligns economic interests and secures long-term sustainability.

Strategic Collaboration:

The collaboration between Royal Helium and Sparrowhawk exemplifies a synergistic approach to resource development. Sparrowhawk’s investment not only provides financial support but also strengthens Royal Helium’s social license to operate in southern Saskatchewan. Sparrowhawk’s expertise in economic development complements Royal Helium’s technical proficiency, creating a formidable partnership poised for success in the helium industry.

Financial Implications:

The structure of the partnership underscores the financial prudence of Royal Helium. By separating the joint venture into resource development and infrastructure assets, Royal Helium mitigates risk and optimizes valuation. This strategic approach allows for flexible financing options while maintaining operational control and minimizing equity dilution—a win-win scenario for both Royal Helium and its shareholders.

Market Dynamics and Future Outlook:

Against the backdrop of robust demand and limited supply, helium pricing remains strong, providing favourable conditions for Royal Helium’s growth trajectory. With multiple off-take agreements in place and a state-of-the-art processing facility, Royal Helium is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for helium in various high-tech industries, including aerospace and electronics.


The $25 million partnership between Royal Helium and Sparrowhawk Developments represents a significant milestone in the company’s journey towards becoming a leading player in the helium industry. With a clear focus on strategic collaboration, financial prudence, and market-driven growth, Royal Helium is poised to capitalize on the growing demand for helium and deliver sustainable returns to its shareholders. As the company embarks on its next phase of expansion, investors can remain confident in Royal Helium’s ability to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and unlock value in the dynamic helium market landscape.


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Gratomic $ Announces Signing of a Definitive Graphite Concentrate Sales Agreement and Exclusive Marketing Agent for Continental Europe $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM at 10:03 AM on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
  • Entered into a definitive off take agreement for graphite concentrate to be produced from its Aukam Graphite mine
  • Appointed Phu Sumika (“PSK“) as its exclusive marketing agent, in continental Europe, for the sale of graphite concentrate to the refractory, lubricant and battery markets.
  • PSK will purchase up to 7,500 Dry Metric Tonnes annually, for a period of five years from the date commercial production commences at Aukam

TORONTO, May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Gratomic Inc. (“Gratomic” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: GRAT) (CB81–FRANKFURT) a vertically integrated graphite to graphenes, advanced materials development company announces the entering into of a definitive off take agreement for graphite concentrate to be produced from its Aukam Graphite mine (“Aukam“) in Namibia (“Offtake Agreement“).

As part of the Graphite Concentrate sales Agreement (Sales Agreement), Gratomic has appointed Phu Sumika (“PSK“) as its exclusive marketing agent, in continental Europe, for the sale of graphite concentrate to the refractory, lubricant and battery Markets.

Pursuant to the Sales Agreement, PSK will purchase up to 7,500 Dry Metric Tonnes annually, for a period of five years from the date commercial production commences at Aukam. The contract contemplates the sales of graphitic product ranging from 80% Carbon to 99.9% Carbon at prices ranging between US$500-US$2800 per Metric Tonne (depending on grade, moisture content and industry use).

Gratomic is satisfied with the high value range of product pricing for the selected markets.

Gratomic has delivered PSK with samples grading 92%, 97%, 99% and 99.9% over the past 3 months for testing in a verity of end uses. The results now positively match buyer specifications and will qualify the sales agreement for deliveries going forward.

Aukam Production Update

Gratomic has recently consulted with a processing expert in Toronto and has been able to produce several batches of Battery Grade Graphite grading over 99.9% the Company is currently compiling a budget to integrate the suggestive plant adjustment onto its processing circuit within the next 3 months. This will allow the company to commence with the production and sale of battery grade Graphite targeted towards the rapidly growing battery industry mainly being dominated by the increase of demand for electric vehicles worldwide.

In addition Gratomic expects the delivery of the final components of its Aukam processing plant within the next 49 days, this will complete the construction of the first phase of our Processing facility and bring it up to a 3 metric tonne per hour Processing Capacity.

The company continues its focus on further developing and commercializing its Graphene Processing capacity in wales through its partnership with Perpetuus carbon technologies and anticipates soft launching its Gratomic fuel efficient tire in the summer. Gratomic has recently prepared an additional 2 tonnes of Graphite concentrate which it will be shipping to wales in the coming days for converting into high quality Graphenes targeted for the use and development of several high value Graphene applications.

Gratomic’s CO-CEO Arno Brand stated, “The entering into of the sales agreement and exclusive marketing agreement with Phu Sumika is the culmination of several years of work, Gratomic is now well positioned and ready to monetize its operations through graphite sales. We thank our loyal shareholders for their support throughout  the years and their contributions in helping us in commercialize the Aukam Mine”

About Phu Sumika

Phu Sumika was established in 2003 to provide raw chemical materials for leading companies in the abrasive, refractory and battery industries across Europe. They offer a wide scale of commodities from around the World. A professional organization with significant experience and a vast sales network allows them to provide the highest quality with competitive pricing. 

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. We are collaborating with a leading European manufacturer of graphenes to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT. 

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