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 and processing capacity to five million tonnes per annum, subject to regulatory approvals and project funding.
Pilbara Minerals commenced its first product shipment on October 2, 2018, with approximately 200 operational staff on site and in Perth.
“It was only four years ago when Pilbara Minerals drilled its first hole and the project has quickly evolved, becoming one of Australia’s fastest lithium developments,” said Mr Johnston.
Mr Johnston looks forward to sharing the State Government’s Future Battery Industry Strategy, which will drive the development of the battery materials industry, contribute to the State’s economic diversification and help create jobs.