Galaxy Resources has reported a shipment delay at its Mt Cattlin spodumene-tantalum operations in Western Australia.
The third shipment, containing 15,000 dry metric tonnes, is expected to depart Esperance port in July after originally being scheduled for a second quarter departure.
Australian Mining understands the delay stems from a scheduling issue and isn’t associated with any customer contract.
Galaxy is working with its customers to finalise the shipping schedule for the third quarter of this year.
The company has completed two shipments totalling around 30,000 dry metric tonnes during the second quarter.
Galaxy has also returned its strongest month of production in April at Mt Cattlin.
The 21,901 tonnes of lithium production translated to an annualised equivalent of over 260,000 tonnes, well ahead of Galaxy’s 180,000–210,000 tonne target for the year.
Galaxy has focused on reducing costs and ramping up yield optimisation to meet rising demand from electric vehicle producers in China.
“Our customer base in China is linked to some of the top-tier lithium supply chain end users, demonstrating the broad acceptance and recognition of consistency of the Mt Cattlin product,” company chief executive and managing director Anthony Tse said.