A $545 million Kathleen Valley lithium project in Leinster, Western Australia has commenced.
Early construction works are underway at Liontown resources. After securing an offtake agreement and a $300 million funding facility from Ford the company made a final investment decision.
Due to a small operations permit the work has been allowed to kick off early.
In a nod to a dreamtime story from the traditional owners of the Tjiwarl people, the unique mining village has been designed in the shape of a dragonfly.
Other features of the mining village include disability access, couple rooms, and CCTV.
The village has also been designed with the recent W.A. inquiry into sexual harassment in the mining industry in mind. The general manager of project development for Kathleen Valley, Kirit Chauchan made a recent statement.
“Everything from how people get into the camp, how they get access to different areas through to how they get access to their room with a hotel-style swipe key has been taken into consideration and implemented upfront.
“This is stuff that we just think will become par for the course. Standard practice within a couple of years, so we may as well bite the bullet and do it now.”
In early December, the first 80 rooms are expected to be available.
Construction is expected to be in full swing by the December quarter and first spodumene production remains on track for the June quarter of 2024.
Liontown won the Best Emerging Company Award at Diggers last week. More updates on the Kathleen Valley Lithium Project to come.