Pilbara Minerals has reinforced the potential to increase the processing capacity at the Pilgangoora lithium operation in Western Australia by 50 per cent in a stage three expansion.
Australian Mining is reporting the company’s stage three scoping study has forecast the next growth project will cost $225.83 million.
It would increase the site’s annual processing capacity to 7.5 million tonnes from the proposed five million tonne stage two target.
The stage three study estimates that Pilgangoora would deliver average annual production of approximately 1.2 million tonnes of spodumene concentrate and 1.1 million pounds of tantalite concentrate over a 15-year life of mine.
Pilbara Minerals announced plans for the expansion earlier saying commissioning of the stage three expansion could be as as early as 2021.