Mine will use lo­cal work­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Work has started at the $130 mil­lion Pil­gan­goora lithium project in the Pil­bara, and the com­pany be­hind the mine wants to staff it with lo­cal work­ers.

The mine, 123km south of Port Hed­land, is Al­tura Min­ing’s first wholly owned project in the Pil­bara.

A ground-break­ing cer­e­mony was held on site last Mon­day and con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be fin­ished by next Jan­uary. The mine aims to feed the world’s bat­tery mar­ket with 220,000 tonnes of lithium spo­dumene con­cen­trate a year over 14 years.

Al­tura Op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Chris Evans said the project was ex­pected to em­ploy about 250 peo­ple. Mr Evans said the com­pany was de­vel­op­ing flex­i­ble rosters suit­able to drive-in, drive-out work­ers in the re­gion.

“We will be us­ing Port Hed­land as our first point of call for em­ploy­ment of con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tions per­son­nel as this will sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy and prove to be a more sus­tain­able op­tion for Al­tura, hav­ing an el­e­ment of our work­force as drive-in, drive-out in­stead of FIFO,” he said.

“This is the most ad­vanced lithium mine and we’re about to pro­duce it.”

NRW Hold­ings was awarded the five-year, $110 mil­lion con­tract for mine devel­op­ment and drill and blast ser­vices in Fe­bru­ary.

Speak­ing on site, Town of Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco said the coun­cil was pleased to see the project start works.

“Any project that is start­ing up in the Pil­bara is go­ing to ben­e­fit Port Hed­land to di­ver­sify our econ­omy,” he said.

“It is a great ben­e­fit to have the project site in this area be­cause we need the op­tion for our young peo­ple, and peo­ple in gen­eral, to be able to find em­ploy­ment.”

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Al­tura Op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Chris Evans and Town of Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco at the Pil­gan­goora lithium mine.

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