Australian lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has commenced site development activities at its flagship Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Pilbara announced the start of bulk earthworks required for the project’s accommodation village – the Roy Hill Project’s Rail Camp 3 – which the company acquired late in October.
“Bulk earthworks are now underway for the Stage 1 relocation of this camp to Pilgangoora, comprising an initial 60 accommodation rooms as well as common central facilities,” Pilbara Metals told the ASX.
According to the company, the package of works includes establishment of temporary offices and suitable borrow pits, power and water infrastructure to support the works, as well as clearing of the planned camp access road from the main project site through to the camp location.
Pilbara will also conduct clearing and ground preparation of the area required to underpin the Stage 1 relocation of the camp to support ongoing exploration activities, with approximately 5.7 hectares to be cleared during this initial stage.
Managing Director and CEO, Mr Ken Brinsden said the work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“The turning of the first sod at Pilgangoora represents an exciting and hugely important milestone for Pilbara Minerals, making the start of construction and development our flagship asset and putting us on track to commence commissioning of the plant in late 2017,” Mr Brinsden concluded.