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Mineral Resources' joint venture lithium project Mt Marion in Western Australia has sent its first shipment of lithium concentrate to China.

This shipment carried 15,000t of lithium concentrate from Port of Kwinawa in MV Pacific Venus to the Zhenjiang Port in China.

The product will be delivered to Ganfeng Lithium, another stakeholder in Mt Marion project.

Mineral Resources managing director Chris Ellison said: "The inaugural shipment from Mt Marion is the outcome of hard work and dedication by the construction and operations teams of MRL who have demonstrated our proven ability to safely deliver world-class projects in a fast-tracked and cost-effective manner."

"The successful first shipment from Mt Marion is a significant milestone for Neometals and our project partners."

Mineral Resources owns 43.1% stake in Mt Marion, while the remaining owners are Neometals with 13.8% and Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium with 43.1%.

Ganfeng Lithium chief executive officer Xiaoshen Wang said: “This is a historical moment for the world-class project, we highly appreciated our joint venture partners especially the team of MRL for their hard work and dedication.”

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Neometals managing director Chris Reed said: “The successful first shipment from Mt Marion is a significant milestone for Neometals and our project partners, and we are proud to have been part of progressing the project from final investment decision to first shipment within 18 months.”

Mt Marion is forecast to produce 400,000t per annum at full-capacity.

Image: Mt Marion ships first lithium concentrate. Photo: courtesy of Mineral Resources.