12/04/2022 - 16:11

Pilbara output holds steady

12/04/2022 - 16:11

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Pilbara Minerals’ spodumene concentrate figures are on target for the March quarter despite contending with COVID-19 induced staff shortages on site.

Pilbara output holds steady
Pilbara Minerals managing director Ken Brinsden. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Pilbara Minerals’ spodumene concentrate figures are on target for the March quarter despite contending with COVID-19 induced staff shortages on site.

The Ken Brinsden-led outfit announced production at Pilgangoora had hit 81,431 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of spodumene concentrate for the period, sitting within forecasted guidance of 75,000 to 90,000dmt.

Pilbara noted that output had been partly impacted by COVID-19 in Western Australia, which had reduced staff and contractor availability over the period.

It anticipated staff shortages were likely to continue into the June quarter for both shut-down and operating staff and advised there remained “uncertainty” regarding production forecasts through to June 30.

Despite keeping production somewhat on track, Pilbara only managed to ship 58,383dmt of its product after a cargo ship was delayed due to berth access constraints towards the end of the reporting period.  

The ship, which was carrying some 20,000 dmt of spodumene concentrate, departed Port Hedland on April 7.

For comparison, Pilbara shipped 78,679dmt during the December quarter.

Pilbara Minerals shares were off 5.84 per cent to trade at $2.90.

 

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