Pilbara Minerals has committed to a $231 million expansion of its Pilgangoora lithium and tantalum project a month after its first spodumene shipment left Port Hedland.

Independence Group has taken stake in Encounter Resources’ Yeneena copper-cobalt project in the east Pilbara causing the junior’s share price to soar.

Sheffield Resources has moved its Thunderbird zircon-rich mineral sands project forward, securing a US$175 ($244) million loan and GR Engineering to build the bulk of the $463 million first stage of the Kimberley project.

WA mining companies and the State Government are mounting a rearguard action against a push by the Federal Government to cap a tax break they say is vital to the emerging lithium industry.

Haulage at one of Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore mines has been restricted after a truck travelled downhill too fast, raising more questions about safety at the company’s work sites.

 

BHP says it has resumed rail operations between its Pilbara iron ore mines and Port Hedland after the company had to derail a runaway train that severed the critical transport link last week.

Less than a week after BHP was forced to derail a runaway iron ore train with no driver in the Pilbara, fellow iron ore miner Mineral Resources has revealed details of wagons going off the rails in the Goldfields.

Five-hundred construction jobs will be created near Bunbury after the world’s biggest lithium miner was given environmental approval to build a massive lithium hydroxide processing plant in the area.

Fortescue Metals Group will convert dozens more haul trucks at its Pilbara iron ore operations to autonomous system technology.

The costs of BHP’s runaway train derailment in the Pilbara continued to grow yesterday, with the mining giant revealing iron ore stockpiles at Port Hedland would not be enough to cover the full period of interruption from the incident.

ASX-listed lithium hopeful Kidman Resources is a step closer to getting the backing it needs to develop the Mt Holland lithium mine in the Goldfields with Chilean lithium giant Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile.