CSI Mining Services (CSI) has reached a significant project milestone in its contract with Core Lithium, with first ore achieved on Wednesday 9 November in line with Core Lithium’s Q4 target.
Earlier this year CSI was awarded a 10-year crushing services contract for Core Lithium’s Finniss Project, which is located approximately 90 kilometres south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.
This contract represented an exciting opportunity for CSI to support Core Lithium – Australia’s newest lithium producer – with the development of the Northern Territory’s first lithium mine.
Utilising CSI’s successful build-own-operate contracting model, crushing commenced just 17 weeks after access to site. This key construction milestone was achieved on schedule and safely, with no lost time injuries.
Reaching this point would not have been possible without the efforts of CSI’s in-house construction workforce and innovative proprietary equipment. The relocatable crushing and screening plant is designed to achieve a sustained production rate of 1.2Mtpa and was safely supplied and installed within 6 months of contract award.
Chief Executive – Mining Services, Mike Grey, said achieving first ore represents a significant milestone for this project.
“CSI is delighted to be partnering with Core Lithium to deliver the first lithium mine in the Northern Territory,” Mike said.
“Our relocatable crushing modules have been instrumental in the rapid achievement of this project milestone. Innovation is at the core of CSI’s service offering, and we are proud to build on our reputation for safely providing industry leading crushing, screening, and processing solutions through the delivery of this project.”
The Finniss contract bolsters CSI’s existing lithium crushing portfolio, making it the dominant crushing contractor in hard rock lithium processing.
The contract is CSI’s second project in the Northern Territory and builds on the success of the crushing services work being carried out at Newmont’s Tanami gold mine.