Altura Mining’s lithium project in the Pilbara is nearing completion.
The company reported that construction and development of the project remained on track for commissioning in first quarter 2018, with product sales expected to be launched in second quarter.
Altura advised that civil works have reached “practical completion”, with a total of 6800m3 of concrete being poured in the past six months.
It added the crushing and screening plant was largely complete, with commissioning expected once the power plant is operation in March.
The construction of the ROM wall has also been completed, Altura said, while the mine operations centre is now operational.
Altura managing director James Brown commended the development and timeline maintenance of the project to meet the company’s aggressive timetable for commissioning and production.
“The board and management of Altura outlined an aggressive timetable when we broke ground in March last year on the Altura lithium project, to place the company in a position to become the first major producer in 2018,” Brown said.
“The work completed since then has been outstanding and to be nearing completion on the mine site within the specified targeted date keeps Altura firmly on track to start commissioning in first quarter 2018, with product sales to commence in second quarter 2018.”
Altura has approved an owner/operator model for the processing plant. This will allow Altura to manage and control this step in the delivery of an optimal product to the market, and has indicated cost benefits for the company.