Altura pauses lithium spodumene production due to Cyclone Veronica
Published: Monday, 25 March 2019
Australian lithium spodumene producer Altura Mining announced on March 25 that it had temporarily ceased lithium spodumene production at its Pilgangoora lithium mine in Western Australia due to threat from Cyclone Veronica. Shipments of material were also stopped.
Altura Mining completed lockdown procedures at its lithium
spodumene production plant in Western Australia on March 23,
halting production and evacuating all staff with the exception
of a 23-person skeleton crew, the company said on Monday March
The action was taken because of the possible landfall of
Tropical Cyclone Veronica, the second powerful weather system
to hit Australia’s coast within 48 hours after
Cyclone Trevor hit the country’s Northern
Territory on Saturday.
Onsite personnel at the mine in Pilgangoora will monitor the
situation with a view to restarting production once the cyclone
alert status is ended. No specific day was specified for when
operations would restart or how much production would be lost
this month because of the weather event.
Pilbara Port Authorities also halted vessel-loading
operations, suspending the loading of Altura-origin spodumene
concentrate into cargo ship TS Delta until the cyclone
Other mining operations and shipments of material could be
affected in the region, but no other lithium mine has so far
confirmed having to stop activities because of Cyclone
Altura’s stage 1
production started at the end of 2018 with nameplate
capacity for 220,000 tonnes per year of lithium spodumene. The
company is ramping-up production, and this could take as long
as three years.