Altura Mining’s Pilgangoora lithium project is another step closer to full production after the Western Australian department of mines (DMP) approved its project management plan.
Last week, the DMP approved the company’s mining proposal and associated mine closure plan for the project, located in WA’s Pilbara region, green lighting two mining leases and licences for processing facilities and haul roads.
The latest approval is another key milestone for the project, providing formal authorisation for the company to begin mining operations.
Once it receives all mining approvals, Altura plans to being mobilising its own personnel on site, as well as those from its contractor NRW.
Between now and mid March, the company plans to mobilise NRW earthmoving equipment to site; install bore infrastructure; mobilise site offices and conduct site set outs and surveys.
From mid-March to mid-April they plan to begin bulk earthworks and complete the base pad for the process plant.
Commencing on-site works brings the company closer to selling its spodumene concentrate by early 2018.