The project, located at Pilgangoora in Western Australia, is approximately 123km drive from the town of Port Hedland. Road access to the site is via the Great Northern Highway and then Shire roads and station tracks. The Pilgangoora Mining Lease tenements, covering the resource modelling area, are M45/1230 and M45/1231 and cover an area of 394 hectares.
The Pilgangoora deposit is extracted by open pit methods enhanced by the shallow and thick mineralisation allowing spodumene ore to be extracted efficiently and at low cost. The mining operation comprises an open pit mine, processing plant and support infrastructure. Commercial production was declared in March 2019, at full production the mine will produce approximately 220,000 tonnes of lithium spodumene concentrate per annum.
Spodumene concentrate is exported in bulk from Port Hedland to Altura’s offtake partners in China, for further processing into a wide range of lithium chemicals, including lithium carbonate (standard and battery grade), lithium hydroxide, lithium metal, and lithium chloride.
The life of mine is forecast to be 26 years at current rates, but at the request of Altura’s offtake partners, the Company has completed a definitive feasibility study for expansion study of the project. This proposed Stage 2 expansion will result in mine output increasing to 450,000 tonnes annually. Commencement of Stage 2 is subject to Altura entering long term offtake agreements with customers, securing funding for the expansion and final Board approval.
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