Date: Dec 12, 2018

Vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals now expects preparatory work on the battery commissioning portion of its maiden vanadium redox flow battery project to be wrapped up by the end of next month. Bushveld said the delay in its Eskom project, which is co-owned by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, was a result of an unexpected contamination of electrolytes during the filling stage, which was discovered during system commissioning that made the VRFB inoperable.

The AIM-listed firm noted that, without a mixed-acid electrolyte facility in South Africa, filtration of the electrolyte in-country was not possible. A remediation strategy was implemented in August to replace the electrolyte and certain contaminated components of the system and site work began in October, with commissioning following shortly behind at the end of November.

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