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Sustainable Energy Revolution: The Role of Canadian Miners with Eric Desaulniers

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In this episode, we chat with Eric Desaulniers, President & CEO of Nouveau Monde Graphite, who are striving to become a key contributor to the sustainable energy revolution as the is working towards developing a fully integrated source of carbon-neutral battery anode material in Québec, Canada for the growing lithium-ion and fuel cell markets.

A geologist by background, Eric’s specialises in geophysics and integrated 3D earth modelling before joining the team at NMG back in 2011. He is going to talk about:

  • The role of Canadian miners in the North American energy transition.
  • How the company is establishing a sustainable supply of domestic graphite to companies like General Motors and Panasonic.
  • Why the future of North American mining is promising…. as more companies look to onshore rather than import/offshore as more environmental regulations/trade tariffs are put in place.


  • Nouveau Monde Graphite has secured agreements with major companies like General Motors and Panasonic, showcasing the company's commitment to sustainable supply and domestic production of graphite.
  • The future of North American mining looks promising as companies like Nouveau Monde Graphite focus on onshore production to meet the increasing demand for critical minerals in the green energy revolution.
  • Eric highlighted the challenges and opportunities in the mining industry, emphasising the importance of understanding the entire supply chain, from mining to transformation, for companies like GM and Panasonic.
  • The company is focused on achieving a final investment decision (FID) to move forward with their large-scale project, demonstrating the commitment of stakeholders and governments towards sustainable mining practices.


"It's not that much the mining that is a challenge. It's only one third of the cost, one third of the capex and the opex. It's the two-thirds and also the expertise." 

"So now it's clear we have the best partner out there. And our goal was never to be the only open pit mining or electric mining operation. It was to have the most electric operation out there."

"Graphite represents about one kilogram per kilowatt hour of battery capacity. If you have a Tesla, it's about 100 kilograms of graphite, so it's quite significant."

"It's not like a typical mining project. It's really every year you need to do something more on the product, you need to qualify it with customers, you need to understand what they do with your product."


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NouveauMondeGraphite/


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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