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Commercial production begins at Bald Hill lithium mine

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According to Argus Media, joint venture (JV) partners Perth-based mineral exploration company Tawana Resources (Tawana) and Singapore-based mining company Alliance Minerals Assets have reportedly achieved steady commercial production at the Bald Hill lithium-tantalum mine in Western Australia.

According to Tawana, high grade lithium concentrate is being regularly produced from the project's stage one dense media separation circuit, with output of 18 999 t between 14 March and 30 June. The lithium concentrate output target for 1 July - 31 December is 60 000 - 75 000 t.

The plant's nameplate capacity of 161 tph has been exceeded, with rates of up to 230 tph achieved. Further modifications are planned to increase nameplate capacity to 240 tph. The nameplate plant recovery rate of 65% has also been achieved.

Tawana and Alliance Mineral Assets have also signed a five-year lithium concentrate offtake agreement with Hong Kong-based Burwill Holdings and are reportedly planning to merge in the next three months with stock exchange listings in Singapore and Sydney. They also produce tantalum as a by-product, which is sold to different buyers.

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