Liontown ahead of schedule at Kathleen Valley

Liontown has successfully fired first blast at its Mt Mann open pit in Western Australia.

Liontown has successfully fired first blast at its Mt Mann open pit in Western Australia, signalling the commencement of mining operations at the new lithium project.

The Kathleen Valley project, located 680km north-east of Perth, is a Tier 1 battery metals asset.

“Completion of the first blast and commencement of open-pit mining operations at Kathleen Valley is a significant milestone for Liontown, signifying our transition from explorer to mining operator,” Liontown managing director and chief executive officer Tony Ottaviano said.

“Achieving this milestone ahead of schedule is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Liontown and Iron Mining contracting teams.”

The first blast area contained predominantly waste rock which will be used as bulk fill for construction of the run-of-mine (RoM) pad.

A small quantity of ore that was blasted will be used to sheet the RoM pad once constructed.

Recent mine plan optimisation work has reduced the operational complexity of the plan from an open-pit and underground mining perspective.

The Kathleen’s Corner open pit will be expanded to produce more ore than estimated in the definitive feasibility study (DFS) and the Mt Mann open pit will be reduced to a large box-cut, which will be completed prior to the establishment of the underground portal and subsequent decline development.

The blasting was completed by Iron Mine Contracting, working with the Tjiwarl Traditional Owners and entering into a letter of intent with Tjiwarl Contracting Services.

“We are excited to be working with the experienced team at Iron Mine Contracting. We have every confidence in their ability to deliver results and look forward to partnering with them to bring our Kathleen Valley lithium project to life,” Ottaviano said.

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