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Port Hedland lithium exports fall in February

09 Mar 2018 12:23 GMT
Port Hedland lithium exports fall in February

Perth, 9 March (Argus) — Lithium exports to China from the West Australian port of Port Hedland fell again in February to 220,000t from 312,644t in January, the Pilbara Ports Authority said in its monthly statistics report.

Spodumene exports fell to 312,644t in January from 425,896t in December 2017. But they were higher than the 303,695t exported in November and 223,071t exported in October. Two separate shipments of 110,000t were made to China in February.

Western Australia is the world's main hard rock lithium centre with additional exports taking place from the ports of Kwinana and Esperance. Some exports are direct shipping ore, others are in lithium concentrate form.

Lithium producers in the state started increasing output last year and will increase exports this year. At least three new projects will come on stream from Pilbara Minerals, Altura Mining and Tawana Resources/Alliance Mineral Assets. Offtake from these projects is expected begin deliveries in the second half of the year.

Perth-based Mineral Resources said last month that is has become the world's largest exporter of lithium units from its Mt Marion and Wodgina projects in Western Australia which use the ports of Kwinana and Port Hedland respectively.

Galaxy Resources exports lithium concentrate from its Mt Cattlin mine through the port of Esperance.