Liontown orders SAG mill ahead of FID

Emerging lithium producer Liontown Resources has awarded Metso Outotec a A$10 million contract for the design, fabrication and delivery of the semi-autogenous grinding mill for the Kathleen Valley lithium project in Western Australia (reports MiningNews).
13th January 2022

The 5.5 megawatt facility will have a 7.9m diameter and 4.4m effective grinding length, accommodating base production of 2.5 million tonnes per annum, as well as the planned expansion to 4Mtpa in year six of the mine plan.

The SAG mill is one of several critical long-lead items identified for early award and represents the largest single piece of equipment required to be purchased for the project by size, value and lead time.

"The SAG mill contract is the first of the long-lead items to be ordered and represents an important milestone for the Kathleen Valley project," Liontown managing director and CEO Tony Ottaviano said.

"Placing this significant order with a world-class partner in Metso Outotec is a great way to start the year and reflects our commitment to advance the Kathleen Valley project rapidly towards first production."

Liontown recently raised $450 million to advance the $473 million project.

A final investment decision is expected in the June 2022 quarter, once the balance of funding of $81-121 million is secured.

Once in production, Kathleen Valley is set to produce 500,000 tonnes per annum of 6% spodumene concentrate.


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