Tawana to launch lithium production at Bald Hill this quarter

Construction of Bald Hill during December

The Bald Hill lithium mine being developed by Tawana Resources and Alliance Mineral Assets in Western Australia is on track to start production this quarter.

Construction of Bald Hill’s dense media separation (DMS) plant has advanced significantly since late November, according to Tawana.

It has reported that steelwork installation is nearing completion, piping and electrical cabling is advancing, the power station is installed and partly commissioned, the run-of-mill (ROM) pad and crusher pad is nearing completion, and mining is ramping up with daily movements reaching 16,000 cubed metres a day.

Tawana managing director Mark Calderwood described the transformation of the Bald Hill site since November 28 as “amazing”, with construction pushing through the Christmas period.

“We are now entering the home straight with commissioning expected to commence within two months,” Calderwood said.

First lithium production is targeted for Bald Hill in the current quarter, with first delivery expected in April 2018.

The project, a 50-50 joint venture between Tawana and Alliance, is 50km south-east of Kambalda in the Eastern Goldfields and 75km from the Mt Marion lithium project.