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PROJECT REPORTS, AUSTRALIA

Resources Monitor reports on mining projects in Australia.

Projects such as the • $400-million Thunderbird mineral-sands project north of Broome in Western Australia (a final investment decision is expected in late 2021) • $100-million Winchelsea Island manganese project in the Gulf of Carpentaria, with construction expected to commence in mid-2022 • $80-million expansion of the Isaac Downs metallurgical-coal complex in Queensland, with construction commencing in August 2021.

Our reports are used by mining-service companies (suppliers, consultants, contractors) to identify work opportunities and the key people involved in them. See Samples and Order Form above.


AUSTRALIAN MINING PROJECTS OVERSEAS

Australian mining companies are major developers of projects offshore. And they are backed by world-class engineering consultants. Comprising project reports and promotional assistance, our three-month program assists mining-service companies to win work on these projects. A rolling program, clients can join it at any time.

CONSULTANCY WORK

For the past decade, we have provided tailored assistance to Australia and overseas clients to expand their operations in the mining industry.

Groote Eylandt (Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory), the site of one of the world's largest manganese mines


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Project Notes


LITHIUM ON THE MOVE
October 2021

Australia produces 50% of the world’s mined lithium. With lithium prices having increased four-fold in the past year, the project outlook is encouraging for Australian companies, at home and overseas.

In Australia, early construction is underway at two major lithium projects: Mt Holland in Western Australia and Finnis near Darwin in the Northern Territory.

In addition, Pilbara Minerals is expanding capacity at its Pilgangoora lithium mine in Western Australia

In Africa, Australian company, AVZ Minerals, expects to commence construction in mid-2022 at its Manono lithium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “the largest and highest grade undeveloped hard-rock lithium project in the world” in the view of the company.

Also in Africa, Australian company, Firefinch, expects to commence construction in mid-2022 at its Goulamina lithium project in Mali.

In South America, Australian company, Orocobre, is a major player in lithium in South America, with its operating Olaroz mine in Argentina and plans for further developments in the region.

Lithium production is based on hard-rock mining in Australia and most other countries (in Chile and Argentina, it is based on the extraction of brines at high altitudes).

Hard-rock mining and initial processing lead to a concentrate, which is typically sent overseas for refining into higher-grade products (e.g lithium hydroxide, suitable for lithium-ion batteries).

Refining is dominated by China, the two leading companies being Ganfeng Lithium and Tianqi Lithium.

However, Australia is beginning to play a role in this field. A refinery in Perth, involving Tianqi Lithium and the US company, Albermerle, was commissioned in August this year.

The Mt Holland project includes a similar refinery in Perth, with construction to commence in early 2022.

And other Australian lithium companies are looking at ways of processing concentrates into high-grade lithium products.

At the same time, Chinese companies are likely to continue playing an important part in Australian lithium mining and refining, both as investors and offtake partners.


Greenbushes, Western Australia - the world's largest lithium mine