Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project officially opened

WA’s latest lithium project has started, with Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston, officially opening the Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project. Stage one of the project will see two million tonnes per annum mined and processed. The Perth based company made a final investment decision to expand the project to include stage two, increasing mining…

New Lithium Plant approved by McGowan Government

The Albemarle Lithium plant has been granted environmental approval from the McGowan Government, giving the go-ahead for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State’s South West. The Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, 17kms north east of Bunbury, will be home to the new plant, and will process spodumene ore concentrate, through five process trains, to produce…

Kwinana Lithium Refinery construction to create local job opportunities

The McGowan Government announced today that plans to build a new lithium refinery in Kwinana will go ahead. The joint venture between Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Kidman Resources, will see the refinery producing approximately 40,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate and/or lithium hydroxide each year. Minerals will be processed at the proposed mine…

Lithium Processing Plant Expansion to Boost Economy

China’s Tianqi Lithium has green-lit a $300 million expansion of its processing plant, which is currently under construction in Kwinana. The project involves taking spodumene from the Greenbushes mine south-east of Bunbury, to process and refine it into battery-grade lithium hydroxide for export. Construction on the $400 million Stage 1 commenced in October 2016, with…

WA Locks In Lithium Joint Venture Investment

After South Australia struck a historic deal with energy entrepreneur Elon Musk, WA is set to follow the neighbour’s footsteps by announcing the lithium joint venture investment. Chilean company Sociedad Química Minera De Chile (SQM) and Kidman Resources has reached a landmark agreement to build a 50:50 joint lithium project in Mount Holland. As a…