Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has secured the native title agreement for its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.
The agreement was approved at the project site with representatives of the Njamal people, the traditional owners of the land at Pilgangoora.
It paves the way for granting of the Pilgangoora mining lease, the final hurdle before further construction, development and mining activities can proceed.
Pilbara Minerals managing director Ken Brinsden acknowledged the Njamal people for the positive attitude they showed towards developing the project.
“The agreement encompasses opportunities for local businesses and employment initiatives that will deliver benefits for local communities for what we hope are many decades to come,” Brinsden said.
“At the same time, the development of Pilgangoora will bring a range of economic benefits, jobs and opportunities to the Pilbara and the state of WA.”
Pilbara Minerals’ fast-track development strategy continues at Pilgangoora, with the company saying it has recently locked in key access arrangements, while also completing other development milestones.