Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has commissioned the concentrator at its flagship Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.
The junior miner told the ASX on June 13 it had commissioned the concentrator, which provides for the recovery of spodumene (which contains lithia), as well as tantalite minerals, from ore.
The company’s managing director, Ken Brinsden, said Pilbara Minerals was now “right on the cusp” of becoming a lithium raw materials producer.
“In the face of three major cyclones during the construction period, [contractor] RCR and their contractors have put in an absolutely huge effort for the rapid build to deliver an outstanding processing facility right on time,” Brinsden said.
“It’s a quality build, includes excellent equipment selection and has all of the right components to maximise product quality and spodumene recovery.
“Our operations and maintenance teams are now well established and very focused on the ongoing plant commissioning and transition to full operations.”