Pilbara Minerals sets up next Pilgangoora expansion
March 27th, 2019
Pilbara Minerals has reinforced the potential to increase the processing capacity at the Pilgangoora lithium operation in Western Australia by 50 per cent in a stage three expansion.
The company’s stage three scoping study has forecast the next growth project will cost $225.83 million.
It would increase the site’s annual processing capacity to 7.5 million tonnes from the proposed five million tonne stage two target.
The stage three study estimates that Pilgangoora would deliver average annual production of approximately 1.2 million tonnes of spodumene concentrate and 1.1 million pounds of tantalite concentrate over a 15-year life of mine.
Pilbara Minerals announced plans for the expansion in January this year following strong customer interest in additional product supply.
The stage three scoping study is based on Pilgangoora’s 108 million tonne reserve.
Pilbara Minerals’ managing director and chief executive officer Ken Brinsden