Critical shipments in recent weeks have seen the delivery of key long-lead items including the ball mill, apron feeder, dense media separation modules, thickeners, screens and conveyors.
All mining infrastructure works have been completed and commissioned, including the magazines and bulk explosive storage facility, the mobile equipment workshops and all haul roads.
The Run of Mine (ROM) pad and ROM wall are nearing completion and are expected to be ready by next month for ore to be stockpiled ahead of plant commissioning in 2018.
Altura’s Stage 1 construction is on schedule for first lithium concentrate sales in the June quarter of 2018.
The company recently had a successful $26 million equity raising to fund the Stage 2 expansion study.
The Stage 2 expansion plan at Altura is aimed at increasing production to 450,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of spodumene concentrate, from the start-up capacity of 220,000 tpa.
Altura’s share price increased 25% during the past one month, closing at $0.275 on Thursday.