Pilgangoora DFS results support ‘compelling case’ for expansion

Pilbara Minerals’ definitive feasibility study (DFS) results for the second stage of its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project have been released.

The company stated that the Stage 2 DFS has cemented the prospect of an additional 3Mt/y-capacity processing circuit at Pilgangoora (0.5Mt/y higher than pre-feasibility study estimates), bringing the project’s total capacity to 5Mt/y, when the 2Mt/y Stage 1 facility is taken into account.

The company hopes to achieve 800,000-850,000t/y of high-quality spodumene production as a result of the expansion.

Pilbara Minerals managing director and chief executive officer Ken Brinsden said the company continued to be impressed by the “quality and scale” of Pilgangoora.

“The long life of the operation and its ability to deliver a high quality spodumene concentrate at a low cost to market is what sets us apart globally,” he said.

“The Pilbara Minerals team is second to none. The team, along with our consultants, have done an exceptional job to deliver the DFS on time and to a very high standard.

“With Stage 1 of the Pilgangoora project developed and commissioning underway within four years from first drill hole, I am confident in our team’s ability to deliver the 5Mt/y expansion and continue to deliver a world class project.”

Pilbara Minerals delivered its first fines concentrate in June and first coarse concentrate in July from Pilgangoora.

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