THE CONFERENCE CALLER: Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) has been awarded the Craig Oliver award on the second morning of the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle. By Jack Baker
The award is presented each year at the Explorers Conference in memory of Craig Oliver who was killed when the plane carrying board members of Sundance Resources (ASX: SDL) crashed in the Congo in 2010.
The award is given to the company that is considered to exemplify an all-round excellence in several fields over the past year, including exploration, mining, corporate, market results, environment and community.
Accepting the award, Pilbara Managing Director and CEO Ken Brinsden said it was an honour to be nominated and humbling to win amongst the other esteemed nominees, adding that companies needed to take a leap of faith necessary to succeed in the mining industry.
“Our industry only thrives when people are prepared to take risk, to spend money in the ground and to continue to build resource,” Brinsden said.
“That’s where Pilbara had a fantastic head start, we had our founding directors and, in particular John Young and Neil Biddle, spending money on the ground when it wasn’t sexy to be spending money in Lithium.
“It wouldn’t happen unless they made that original investment, taken that first risk and been prepared to back the quality in the project.”
The emerging Lithium and Tantalum producer is busy bringing its world-class, 100 per cent-owned Pilgangoora project into production as demand for battery metals to power electric vehicles surges.
Brendan Oliver, presenting the award on behalf of the Oliver family, said that Pilbara Minerals ticked every box that Craig Oliver strived for and it is moving forward in a way that all companies in the state and country should aspire to.
The other nominees included Gold Road Resources, Sandfire Resources, Syrah Resources and Xanadu Mines.