Action Drill & Blast (ADB) has been awarded a two year contract extension at Talison Lithium Limited’s Greenbushes Lithium Mine in WA, where it has been providing a safe, production drilling and LSI (load, stem, initiate blasting) service since 2011.
ADB General Manager Warren Fair said: “Our best-for-project approach, quality people and processes, and best practice safety system have all played a part in developing a close working relationship with the client. We look forward to building on this even further.”
Our Greenbushes team works closely with Talison to assist with the blast design. Emulsions are used due to the hardness of the rock and high volume of ground water. The explosive is delivered to the shot by the explosives supplier with ADB shotfirers managing the down hole service.
In late 2016, the owners of Greenbushes announced that they intend to produce more than double the amount of chemical grade lithium concentrate.
The Greenbushes operation is one of the world’s largest suppliers of lithium, currently providing over 35% of the world’s consumption. The hard rock open cut mine has been operating for 30 years and is the largest and highest grade hard rock lithium mineral resource in the world.