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Australian Tesla-Supplier Targets First Lithium Shipment

  • Core Lithium says project near Darwin port is progressing well
  • Mining accelerated with dry season, additional trucks to site
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A lithium miner in Australia that counts Tesla Inc. as a future customer said its first shipment of the key battery material from its flagship project is expected by the end of the year.

Adelaide-based Core Lithium Ltd. said its Finniss project near Darwin is “progressing well” and the mining has accelerated “with the arrival of the dry season and the commissioning of an additional excavator and trucks to site,” according to a statement on Tuesday. The project is set to supply spodumene concentrate  -- a lithium bearing material -- to companies including Tesla, China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co. and Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group Co.