The Motley Fool

Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:PLS) share price higher on Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project news

On Monday morning the Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) share price has pushed higher following the release of an update on the expansion of its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project.

At the time of writing the lithium miner’s shares are up 1.2% to 84.5 cents.

What was the update?

This morning the lithium miner released details of its final investment decision in relation to expanding production at the lithium-tantalum project beyond 800ktpa of high quality spodumene concentrate.

According to the release, the company’s board has resolved to approve the stage 2 expansion of the project subject to securing necessary approvals and the balance of project funding.

As a result, major site works are expected to commence following completion of the balance of the project’s financing and receipt of final environmental approvals.

The good news for shareholders is that although production is going to increase significantly, there’s no danger of its product going unsold. Strong demand has led to a series of offtake agreements being signed with the likes of POSCO, Ganfeng Lithium, and Great Wall Motor Company. Combined, these agreements account for 100% of stage 2 offtake.

In addition to this, management provided an update on its second shipment of spodumene concentrate. That shipment departed Port Hedland in the second half of October with 6.3% lithium oxide onboard. This is “further confirmation of Pilbara Minerals’ continued success with the Stage 1 development” according to management.

Should you invest?

I think this news demonstrates why Pilbara Minerals is one of the best lithium miners on the local share market along with Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX: GXY) and Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE).

However, the lithium miners are some of the highest risk investment options on the local market and their success will be largely down to where lithium prices go in the future.

While I’m optimistic that demand will grow enough to offset the rising supply and keep prices elevated, if it doesn’t lithium prices could crumble along with lithium miner share prices.

Instead of the lithium miners these exciting tech shares could be worth a closer look right now.

The Disruptors: 3 Revolutionary Aussie Companies to Back for 2018

We’re living in one of the most exciting times in investing history. Innovation and a booming culture of entrepreneurship are constantly creating new companies with the potential to make forward-thinking investors very rich. Now more than ever, one small, smart investment could make a huge difference to your wealth.

That’s why at The Motley Fool we’ve been scrutinizing the ASX to uncover the kinds of companies that we believe could turn into the next Atlassian.

We’ve found three exciting companies that we believe re poised to perform in the new year. Click here to uncover these ideas!

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro owns shares of Galaxy Resources Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

FREE REPORT: Five Cheap and Good Stocks to Buy now…

Our Motley Fool experts have FREE report, detailing 5 dirt cheap shares that you can buy today.

One stock is an Australian internet darling with a rock solid reputation and an exciting new business line that promises years (or even decades) of growth… while trading at an ultra-low price…

Another is a diversified conglomerate trading near a 52-week low all while offering a 2.7% fully franked yield…

Plus 3 more cheap bets that could position you to profit over the next 12 months!

See for yourself now. Simply click the link below to scoop up your FREE copy and discover all 5 shares. But you will want to hurry – this free report is available for a brief time only.