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Portugal's Role in the Energy Transition: A Focus on Savannah Resources

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In this episode, we chat with Emanuel Proença, CEO of Savannah Resources who are one of Europe’s leading conventional lithium development company with one of the most significant lithium raw material assets within the European Union.

Emanuel is an experienced business executive and an expert in the energy transition in mobility with a strong track record of managing transformation and generating growth within sectors including, green fuels production and market development, electrification of mobility, liquid fuels hedging, trading, logistics and retail of liquid fuels, and digitalisation.  Emanuel gives us an overview of Savannah Resources and how the project is going to help with Portugal’s energy transition.


  • Savannah Resources' Barroso Lithium project in Portugal is crucial for Portugal's energy transition and Europe's energy transition.
  • The project aims to be in production by the end of 2026, contributing significantly to the European lithium supply chain.
  • The project has a strong management team with experience in the mining and lithium sectors, positioning it well for success.
  • Savannah Resources is actively engaging with the local community, aiming to bring economic benefits and support to the region.


"The project alone can deliver a third of the Critical Raw Materials Act objective for lithium. So a target that seemed ambitious given the tradition that Europe has in mining becomes totally achievable." 

"The project is positioned in a location that allows us to be very well positioned to serve the refining sector throughout Europe." 

"The level of urgency, the speeds at which the CRMA was delivered after it started, make me conclude today that yes, Europe will be able to deliver on its strategy and will be able to speed up." 

"The board helps us with execution, ensuring that we are doing things right and that we are executing to the best standards." 


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Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics. 

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