The Asia Miner

JUN 2018

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 15 • issue 2 38 FEATURE: Lithium The DefiniƟve Feasibility Study for duplicaƟng the current forecasted output of the processing plant to 440,000 tonnes per annum is well advanced and remains on target for compleƟon in April 2018. The Company has also commenced a revised mining schedule to support the upgraded producƟon target. Altura Managing Director James Brown said the operaƟons team had risen to the challenge of the aggressive Ɵmetable set in place just 12 months ago. "It is a testament to the hard work of the enƟre team that we now have the commissioning phase clearly in sight and taking this project to near term producƟon from a greenfields site." Pilbara Minerals – Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project Pilbara Minerals' 100%-owned Pilgangoora Lithium- Tantalum Project, located 120km from Port Hedland in Western Australia's resource-rich Pilbara region, is one of the biggest new lithium ore (spodumene) deposits in the world, with a globally significant hard rock spodumene resource. First spodumene concentrate is on track for late Q2 with Stage 1 plant construction and mine development advancing rapidly, with first sales expected early Q2. In addiƟon to Stage 1 construcƟon efforts, MACA Mining Ltd has mobilised the mining fleet for Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) operaƟons, with the first blast undertaken in late January and mining acƟviƟes currently progressing to achieve first sales early Q2. AcƟviƟes for operaƟonal readiness are also progressing including ordering of key plant consumables, employment of plant operaƟons staff and maintenance planning. Aerial view of the Altura Lithium Project taken in January 2018 (L-R) Altura's Registered Manager Phil Robinson, Global Lithium's Joe Lowry and Emily Hersh, and Altura Chief OperaƟng Officer Chris Evans ConstrucƟon of the Pilbara Minerals' Pilgangoora process plant

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