Finniss on track for first spodumene by year’s end

Image: Core Lithium.

The Finniss project in the Northern Territory remains on track to ship first spodumene concentrate by the end of CY 2022, subject to the successful ramp-up of the Grants open pit, completion of the DMS (dense media separation) plant and crusher, and no further COVID-19 or weather-related delays.

Owner Core Lithium said early-stage mining operations at the Grants open pit had earlier been impacted by materially higher rainfall and an extended wet season resulting in a temporary increase in fuel consumption and delays in open pit mining.

However, the arrival of the dry season and the commissioning of additional excavator and trucks to the site has allowed mining to accelerate.

CSI Mining Services commenced mobilisation to the site as planned, following the award of a contract for the crushing of run of mine ore at the Project.

Structural steel for the DMS plant had been sourced from Shanghai and, due to COVID-19 restrictions there, delays were experienced with the manufacture and delivery.

Primero has now successfully facilitated the export of the steel and all DMS components are now on the water, or located in Western Australia or the NT, and ready for transport to Finniss.

Completion of the Finniss site administration and IT complex will allow staff to relocate from the temporary facilities at Tumbling Waters, located about 20km from Finniss.

The Grants open pit will be the initial source of ore for the DMS plant until BP33 and other mines are brought online.

The company has received all outstanding drill assays from the BP33 and Carlton deposits, and early indications show the potential for substantial resource increases.

Core expects to announce a Finniss resource and reserve upgrade in the coming weeks.

About Ray Chan

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).

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