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Department of Defense awards $20 million to South32 for accelerated manganese production

Funding aims to boost domestic supply and expedite ore delivery by up to two years at the Hermosa Project near Patagonia.

South32 Entrance The entrance of the South32 Hermosa mine site, a critical minerals project that looks to source manganese and zinc.
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The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded the global metals and mining company South32 $20 million for its Hermosa Project, near the Town of Patagonia.

Under the Defense Production Act Investment Program (DPAI), the funding is intended to accelerate domestic production of manganese.

The DOD states that this investment will enable the company to deliver ore up to two years earlier than originally planned.

South32 will match the funding with approximately $43 million to support access to the manganese deposit.

The manganese deposit is in its pre-feasibility study phase, where ore body sampling is taking place.

This is the latest of 16 awards made by the DPAI program.

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