Altura's Pilgangoora mine is WA's latest lithium project to start production. Located 90 kilometres south-east of Port Hedland, the project will produce about 220,000 tonnes of lithium spodumene concentrate per annum.
The company has played a big role in establishing the Pilbara region as a new lithium hub in Western Australia and is currently considering plans to double production to 440,000 tonnes per annum to tap into the global demand for electric vehicle and static storage batteries.
The opening comes a few months after the Government of Western Australia announced the establishment of a Lithium and Energy Materials Industry taskforce to capitalise on the State's potential to produce and process lithium and other energy materials.
The taskforce is working closely with industry to develop a Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy to build on Western Australia's competitive advantages.
Last year, lithium sales in Western Australia reached $780 million and the sector employed more than 1,200 people.
"We have an abundance of lithium and other battery minerals, and the McGowan Government is committed to making the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity,” said Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.