Work on the Great Lakes Graphite plant in Matheson has officially begun.  The company has started the commissioning process, which means they will be able to start running electricity.  All of the permits have been secured and human resources have been set up.  Once the commissioning process is done, Great Lakes will begin producing graphite products, which sell for as much as three-thousand dollars a tonne.  CEO Paul Gorman says the plant will help Canada become a significant player in the supply chain for batteries for new applications, like electric cars and grid storage.