Pilbara Minerals restarts Pilgangoora after police investigation

Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project. Image: Pilbara Minerals

Pilbara Minerals has resumed operations following a serious incident at the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.

The company reported last night that it expected to reach full production rates at the site in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Western Australian Police Force’s homicide squad travelled to Pilgangoora from Perth on Monday after reports of an incident unrelated to mining operations at the site.

A 30-year-old Craigie man was charged with murder yesterday following the investigation into the death of a 40-year-old man.

The man was remanded in custody and is appearing in court today at South Hedland Magistrates Court.

Pilbara Minerals has confirmed the incident involved contract workers at the project site and were not direct employees of the company.

The company is continuing to support its employees’ wellbeing at this difficult time and managing director Ken Brinsden expressed his condolences to the affected people and their families on behalf of the company.

Operations at the mine site were temporarily suspended on Monday to allow police, detectives and the homicide squad to investigate the incident.

Pilbara Minerals cannot provide further comments at this stage and are directing all inquiries to the Western Australian Police Force media unit.

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