TAWANA RESOURCES NL - Bald Hill Achieves Commercial Lithium ProductionRelease Date: 31/07/2018 09:05:00 Code(s): TAW PDF(s):
Bald Hill Achieves Commercial Lithium Production
Tawana Resources NL
(Incorporated in Australia)
(Registration number ACN 085 166 721)
Share code on the JSE Limited: TAW
JSE ISIN: AU0000TAWDA9
Share code on the Australian Securities Exchange Limited: TAW
ASX ISIN: AU000000TAW7
(“the Company” or “Tawana”)
Bald Hill Achieves Commercial Lithium Production
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Operations now in commercial production with commissioning of the plant
Joint venture partners Tawana Resources NL (TAW:ASX) (Tawana) and Alliance Mineral Assets
Limited (SGX:40F) (AMAL) (together the JV parties) are pleased to announce that commercial
production has been achieved at the Bald Hill Lithium Mine (Bald Hill Mine or Project) located
in the eastern goldfields of Western Australia.
- Commissioning and ramp-up to commercial production of Stage 1 Dense Media
Separation (DMS) circuit at Bald Hill Mine completed
- Plant has produced premium high-quality lithium concentrates even at low feed grades
- Three shipments of lithium concentrate completed, with the 4th due to be completed
within the next few days
- Lithium concentrate production of 18,800t between 14 March and 30 June 2018
- Plant recoveries achieving nameplate capacity of 65%
- Mining is supplying ore consistently and crushing performance has been increased
The JV parties are targeting to produce 60,000 to 75,000 tonnes of spodumene concentrate for
the 6 months between July and December 2018.
Plant performance has achieved higher than the 161 tonnes per hour (tph) nameplate, with rates
averaging 206tph in recent weeks having reached up to 230tph. The plant is performing better
than expected and continues to be optimised. Further modifications are being planned with the
view to achieve average throughput rates of up to 240tph. The JV parties are assessing the
viability of the construction of a second DMS circuit in addition to the proposed fines circuit.
Tawana Managing Director Mark Calderwood said: “This confirms the successful ramp up of the
plant and the achievement of commercial production within five months of commencement of ore
commissioning. Operational focus has shifted to plant optimisation and the review of options to
further increase throughput in the existing plant and add a second DMS circuit in addition to a
fines circuit. Bald Hill has established a reputation of producing quality lithium concentrates low
in impurities including iron, sodium and potassium.”
Stage 1 Bald Hill DMS Throughput Rates
Period (2018) Target (t) Actual (t) Average Operating Net
Throughput Throughput tph hours utilisation
14 March - 13 April 22,500 50,042 148.2 337.6 45
14 April - 13 May 45,000 75,612 157.0 481.7 67
14-May - 13 June 82,800 92,550 180.3 513.4 69
14 June - 13 July 96,700 102,698 197.6 519.8 72
Note - Nameplate target is 161 tph and 100,000t/month average.
About the Bald Hill Mine
The Bald Hill Mine is in the southeast of the Goldfields-Esperance Region of Western Australia,
approximately 105km south-southeast of Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie is the main hub in the region
providing access to the Project which can be accessed from Perth by air, rail and road.
The principal road access to the Project is via the (sealed) Coolgardie-Esperance Highway (National
Highway 94), and then the Binneringie Road from Widgiemooltha, a distance of 65km of unsealed
shire road. The Project is approximately 350km by road from the Port of Esperance.
The Bald Hill Mine currently consists of an open pit, a Dense Media Separation and Spiral Circuits,
waste rock dumps, stores, a camp (including administrative and living quarters) and associated
infrastructure. Lithium concentrate is hauled via Binneringie Road to the Port of Esperance.
Tawana and AMAL executed separate offtake agreements in April 2017 (and subsequent variations
thereto) for the supply of lithium concentrate from Bald Hill Mine over a five-year term with pricing
for 2018 and 2019 of US$880/t (A$1,173) (FOB Esperance) for 6% Li2O concentrates. The offtake
agreement provides for an attractive fixed price in US dollars per dry metric tonne for the first 2
years of production, and shipping costs are borne by the offtake party. Refer to ASX announcement
of 26 April 2017 and SGX announcement of 4 May 2017.
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currently available information. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and
involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those described
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or revise any forward-looking statement.
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31 July 2018
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