Port Hedland lithium exports lower in January
Cape Town, 8 February (Argus) — The West Australian port of Port Hedland exported 312,644t of lithium concentrate to China in January, the Pilbara Ports Authority said in its monthly statistics report.
This was lower than the 425,896t exported in December 2017, but higher than the 303,695t exported in November and 223,071t exported in October. Three separate shipments of 91,500t, 111,144t and 110,000t were made to China during the month.
Western Australian hard rock lithium producers started increasing output last year and will lead to more exports this year as at least three new projects come on stream from Pilbara Minerals, Altura Mining and Tawana resources-Alliance Mineral Assets.
Perth-based Mineral Resources today said in its interim results for fiscal 2018 that is has become the world's largest exporter of lithium from its Mt Marion lithium concentrate and Wodgina direct shipping ore projects in Western Australia.
Another producer Galaxy Resources exports lithium concentrate from the Western Australian port of Esperance.