Exports from Bald Hill lithium mine on track

Haulage at Bald Hill.

Shipments of spodumene concentrate from the Bald Hill lithium-tantalum mine in Western Australia are set to start in early May.

Joint venture partners Tawana Resources and Alliance Mineral Assets have commenced spodumene concentrate haulage from the Eastern Goldfields mine ahead of the shipment.

According to the Tawana, a 3250t shipment of concentrate is scheduled to depart from the Port of Esperance on May 2. A larger shipment of Bald Hill product is also expected later in May.

Production was launched at Bald Hill last month after a seven-month construction period. It was the first Australian mine to produce spodumene since 2016.

Tawana managing director Mark Calderwood commented: “Completion of the logistics around the initial shipment of lithium concentrate represents another key milestone for the mine. We currently have 4000t of the high-grade concentrate on site.”

The JV partners announced plans to merge earlier this month to consolidate ownership of the operation.

If approved, the merger of equals will be executed by a scheme of arrangement where shareholders of both companies will hold around 50 per cent of the combined entity.