Pilbara Minerals contracts SIMPEC at Pilgangoora

pilbara minerals' pilgangoora lithium operation

The Pilgangoora operation. Image: Pilbara Minerals

Pilbara Minerals has granted a works contract to SIMPEC for stage one improvements at the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.

The contract is set to improve operating time and throughput as part of Pilgangoora’s stage one operation.

The Westar Industrial subsidiary will conduct vertical installation works at the site, encompassing earth works, civils, fabrication, structural, mechanical, piping, tanks, electrical and instrumentation.

SIMPEC joint venture partner (JV) IronMerge, an Aboriginal-owned mining and civil works service company, has agreed to take part in delivering the works.

The contract marks the first time SIMPEC has been hired by Pilbara Minerals.

According to SIMPEC managing director Mark Dimasi, the contract represents another step in the JV’s growth.

“This newly awarded contract is a tribute to not only our SIMPEC delivery team but also (IronMerge director) Ian Taylor and his IronMerge team,” he said.

“This is a very proud moment for all of us and I sincerely look forward to seeing this JV relationship growing and developing in the construction and mining sector.”

WestStar has secured $51 million in new contracts for the 2021 financial year through its subsidiaries SIMPEC and Alltype Engineering.

The works are expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

The Pilgangoora project is operated by Pilbara Minerals subsidiary Pilgangoora Operations, and holds a current resource of 222.5 million tonnes.

SIMPEC specialises in structural mechanical and piping (SMP), electrical and instrumentation (E&I), concrete products and civil services.

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