Alliance Mineral Assets Ltd (ASX:A40) (SGX:40F) has achieved record monthly production of 13,160 tonnes of lithium concentrate in January 2019 from its Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Mine in Western Australia.
The lithium concentrate graded an estimated 6.15% lithium oxide.
Notably, total lithium concentrate production in January 2019 was 28% higher than December 2018 production.
The 131,400 tonnes of ore were processed at an average throughput of 237 tonnes per hour with 87.6% net utilisation, which equates to 30% above nameplate and 23% more throughput than December 2018.
Alliance reported a head grade of 0.93% lithium oxide and gross recovery of 64.2%.
The company has shipped a total of 23,232 wet metric tonnes (about 22,928 dry metric tonnes) of lithium concentrate on the 2nd and 3rd of February.
Revenue from these shipments is expected to be about $26 million, subject to final assay.
An additional 30,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate is expected to be shipped or ready for shipment during the March 2019 quarter.
It is worth noting that a total of 20 tonnes of high-grade tantalum grading about 30% tantalum pentoxide was shipped in January 2019.
An additional shipment of 20 tonnes of high-grade tantalum grading about 30% tantalum pentoxide is expected to depart on February 8, 2019.
The company’s production guidance for the half year to June 30, 2019 remains at 65,000 to 80,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate.
Alliance managing director Mark Calderwood said: “Lithium concentrate production for January 2019 was up 28% on December 2018 total production and is an excellent start to the current quarter.
“The quantity of lithium concentrate shipped over the last week is also a record for Alliance.
“A number of requests for lithium concentrate are currently being reviewed and we expect to ship, or have ready for shipment an additional 30,000 tonnes of premium quality lithium concentrate during the quarter.
“Interest in long term off take for Bald Hill’s high-grade lithium concentrate remains strong.”