Australian lithium developer Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS) advised that construction and development of its flagship 100%-owned Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project (“Pilgangoora Project” or “Project”) is progressing well and remains on schedule to commence plant commissioning in Q2 2018 and deliver its first spodumene concentrate by late Q2 2018.
Civil works are well established with over 3,800m3 of concrete poured to date. The concrete foundations are now largely complete for priority mechanical areas. Completed areas include: high-pressure grinding rolls (HPGR) vault, wet screen area, heavy media separation (HMS) building, gravity grinding, and concentrate storage infrastructure areas.
The crusher pad was recently completed with crusher construction underway, and construction of the tailings storage facility is also progressing well.
Construction of the power plant is rapidly taking shape and forecast to be delivered on-schedule by mid-March.
First structural steel was erected in late January, with the plant structure now rapidly taking shape. The mill structure is 50% complete with shell, trunnions, bearings and drive components recently installed.
To date, over 1,100 tonnes of structural steel have been delivered to site, with over 350,000 site man-hours completed and over 450 people currently on site. Works are continuing on night-shift for certain subsets of the plant construction. Manning will peak over the coming 6 to 8 weeks at over 600 people, in support of the accelerated development schedule negotiated with RCR in the latter part of 2017.
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