The maiden Mineral Resource of 5.95 Mt @ 17 490 mg/L sulfate of potash (SOP) estimated at Ten Mile West tenement includes:
- Measured Resource of 0.10 Mt @ 25 630 mg/L SOP.
- Indicated Resource of 0.31 Mt @ 25 830 mg/L SOP.
- Inferred Resource of 5.54 Mt @ 17 080 mg/L SOP.
The Total Resource has increased to 25.37 Mt @ 13 375 mg/L SOP from 18.67 Mt @ 12 388 mg/L, a 36% increase in tonnage and 8% increase in grade across the Beyondie SOP project.
Ten Mile Lake trench pumping operations have been on-going since the start of February from 5.92 km of trench. The trench pumps have produced an equivalent of 9000 t of SOP at an average rate of approximately 40 tpd of SOP up to the end of May 2020. Average brine grade has been approximately 12 400 mg/L K (27 652 mg/L SOP). The trench production has meant less brine has been required to be pumped from the borefield.
Managing Director, Brett Hazelden, said: “Ten Mile West has continued to exceed our expectations with this additional 5.95 Mt of SOP Resource, increasing our total Mineral Resources by 36% to 25.37 Mt of SOP.
“With construction at Beyondie continuing and operations now ramping up to our Phase 1 target of 90 000 tpy SOP brine extraction rates, the company is well positioned to see an anticipated further increase in ore reserves and an extension to mine life or increased production rates or both.
“Being able to easily leverage off our existing trenches, bores, pipelines and supporting infrastructure at Ten Mile also provides a low-cost pathway to production,” he said.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/potash/03072020/mineral-resources-upgraded-at-beyondie-sop-project/