Faraday lithium mining proposal lodged with WA DMIRS

(Image source : Widgie Nickel.) Drilling at Faraday with white sample piles representing the pegmatite host.
(Image source : Widgie Nickel.) Drilling at Faraday with white sample piles representing the pegmatite host.

Widgie Nickel Limited (ASX: WIN) has submitted its mining proposal and mine closure plan to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) for the Faraday lithium project.

The submission is in relation to a lithium direct shipping ore (DSO) mining operation that the company is targeting to commence in the second half of 2023, whilst continuing exploration works on Faraday and the broader Mt Edwards project to develop a greater understanding of the overall lithium endowment across the company’s tenure.

Widgie Nickel managing director Steve Norregaard says the team and its consultants continue to deliver another key milestone in the fast-tracked Faraday development.

“Achieving the ambitious timeframe for such an important milestone demonstrates their dedication to the task and willingness to meet the challenge and response to the market forces at play,” he said.

“It’s a remarkable achievement for the company to be in such a position within two months of releasing its maiden resource estimate.”

The Faraday lithium deposit within the Mt Edwards project cover a total strike extent of more than 100km and is situated proximal to significant infrastructure including roads, rail, power and water.

The region is well-endowed with lithium occurrences and includes three major resources at Essential Metals Limited’s (ASX: ESS) Dome North to the south, Lithco’s Bald Hill to the east and Mineral Resources (ASX: MIN)/Gangfeng JV’s Mt Marion to the north.

The Mt Edwards project, about 75km south of Kalgoorlie, WA, was originally acquired by Neometals as a nickel and lithium project.