Monday 26th Aug, 2019

Altura makes first lithium shipment from Port Hedland

Photo: Altura Mining

ASX-listed junior miner Altura has made its maiden shipment of lithium from Port Hedland in WA’s Pilbara Region.

Altura said on October 9 the vessel MV Clipper Tenacious was loaded with roughly 5,000 dry metric tonnes of spodumene concentrate, and was headed for Altura’s offtake partner Lionergy Limeted, in China.

The vessel was shared with two other exporters.

Altura will now focus on the ongoing ramp-up of production to nameplate capacity of 220,000 tonnes per annum at its Pilgangoora project, 123 kilometres from Port Hedland.

This capacity increase will facilitate regular shipments, which Altura plans to report on a quarterly basis.

“We are now producing and exporting lithium concentrate that will become part of the lithium-ion battery revolution,” Altura managing director James Brown said.

“A little bit of the Pilbara will now be found in the car, mobile phones and static storage batteries of the future.

“At this point I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who has supported Altura to get to this point, including staff, contractors, offtake partners, financiers and shareholders.”