The Western Australian department of mines and petroleum (DMP) has approved Altura Mining’s proposal for the Pilgangoora lithium project in the Pilbara.
The DMP approved the mining proposal and associated mine closure plan for the project. These, together with the native vegetation clearing permit, are a key development milestone for getting the lithium project underway.
The approvals are for the two mining leases and associated miscellaneous licences for the planned mining, processing, waste facilities and haul roads.
It comes after the company recommissioned a 325-person construction and operations camp in early February. Altura also provided NRW Holdings a $110 million five-year contract for mine development drill and blast services at the site.
The company is now waiting to mobilise upon full project funding and a formal decision to mine from its board.
With the approval to mine, the company is on track to have the project commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2017, with first shipment slated for early 2018.