Pilbara Minerals has cleared the way for construction to start on the 2 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) processing plant at the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.
Development of the plant is being undertaken by RCR Tomlinson, which was awarded a $148 million, two-stage contract by Pilbara in January.
The now-completed first stage involved a front-end engineering and design (FEED) program. Stage two, construction of the processing plant, will be launched immediately, according to RCR, after Pilbara made its final investment decision (FID) on the project.
NRW, which was awarded the bulk earthworks contract at Pilgangoora last month, is preparing the site for RCR to start construction.
Pilbara has also progressed several other contracts supporting its construction schedule at the project.
The company is working with traditional owners in the project area to facilitate business and employment opportunities.
Camp services at Pilgangoora will be provided by Action Industrial Catering in a joint venture with Njamal Services.
A JV between Njamal Services and Pilbara Resource Group has also been awarded a civil works contract in support of the camp expansion and access road upgrades.
Pilbara Minerals managing director Ken Brinsden said the company’s development team was working hard with its contractors to deliver on an aggressive development schedule.
“We are also very pleased with the cooperative relationships that have emerged between the Njamal Group and contract service providers at Pilgangoora, which has opened up significant opportunities for indigenous engagement and employment as part of the project’s construction and ongoing operations,” Brinsden said.
Pilbara is planning to commission Pilgangoora from March next year, with first shipments expected in the following quarter.