Project Plan


Key Points

  • The Kings Mountain Mine's project plan includes a site layout and the primary physical features and a general sequence of events for development of the proposed mine. The plan includes information about the mine's pit, rock storage facilities, hauling roads, tailings and other infrastructure.
  • The project plan also has a general mine schedule that considers the sequence of events, or mining phases throughout the entire mining process. 
  • Albemarle prepares a mine design plan to determine how to safely extract or mine the resource from the site.


After mining permit approvals are secured, open pit mining is expected to be used to deepen and expand the current mine pit to the southwest. The existing rock and soil will be drilled, blasted, and loaded into haul trucks. Rock that does not contain lithium-bearing spodumene ore will be separated and is expected to be stored at on-site rock storage facilities (RSFs) or re-purposed for other uses.

Ore will be hauled by truck to the run-of-mine (ROM) pad used to feed the on-site mineral processing facility at an average rate of ~3.1 million tons per year (~8,900 tons per day). Spodumene concentrate will be subsequently transported by truck and/or rail to an offsite conversion plant at a rate of 420,000 tons per year.


The mine's project plan also has a schedule that considers the sequence of events, or mining phases throughout the entire mining process. Albemarle plans to submit a permit initially for 10 years.

Predevelopment Activities (1.5 years)

  • Mine pit dewatering
  • Re-routing utilities
  • Site grading

Construction (2.5 years)

  • Construction of surface mine facilities, material stockpiles, mine services infrastructure, and mineral processing and water
    treatment plants
  • Open pit development mining with only minor mining and stockpiling of ore
  • Test ore processing in mineral processing facility

Operations (9 years)

  • Open pit mining of ore and rock
  • Mineral processing facility operations
  • Transporting spodumene concentrate and tailings offsite via rail or trucks

Mine Closure Activities 

  • Removal or reclamation of all surface mine facilities
  • Transporting rock to the pit as backfill
  • Activities identified in the mine closure plan