Pilbara Minerals achieves first spodumene concentrate production at Ngungaju plant

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Pilbara Minerals has achieved first spodumene concentrate production from the coarse production circuit at the Ngungaju plant, part of its 100%-owned Pilgangoora Project in WA’s Pilbara region.

Pilbara Minerals said the Ngungaju plant is targeting annual production capacity of approximately 180,000 to 200,000 dry metric tonnes (dmt) by mid-2022, which will complement the existing production capacity from the adjacent Pilgan plant.

The company, which began commissioning activities at the plant earlier this month, said it would continue to progress the staged restart and ramp-up of production at the Ngungaju processing facilities, with production from the fines concentrate circuit expected to commence during the March Quarter 2022.

“The restart of the coarse circuit at the Ngungaju Plant is expected to accelerate spodumene concentrate production, with construction, commissioning and ramp-up works progressing for both the fines and coarse concentrate circuits,” Pilbara Minerals said in a statement.

“Production from the Ngungaju Plant is uncommitted to offtake and should support further sales into the emerging spot market for spodumene concentrate, including via the recently launched BMX digital sales platform.”

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