Chasing High Purity Silica Sand In Western Australia
Industrial Minerals Ltd (ASX:IND) has secured a low impact drill rig for up to an initial 10,000m air core drill programme covering its projects that are prospective for High Purity Silica Sand in Western Australia.
The company has a portfolio of high Purity Silica Sand projects that have been subject to historical drilling, however the primary target of that drilling was for the deeper mineral sands.
Executive Chair, Ashley Pattison, said the objective of the air drill programme is to validate the historical drilling logs that documented the presence of white and cream sands and to deliver JORC 2012 compliant resources on one or more projects during the remainder of this year.
“The securing of a low impact air core drill rig will enable IND to rapidly assess its High Purity Silica Sand projects located from the Midwest to southwest region of Western Australia and prioritise the projects for further assessment and potential production,” Mr Pattison said.
“Through the diversity of the location of the Projects and potential finished Silica Sand product characteristics, the Company has the potential to capitalise on multiple infrastructure pathways and end user markets.”
The company also advised that it has entered into its first land access agreement with the landowner that covers the south-east corner of the Stockyard Project. This is an industry standard agreement that provides for compensation to the landowner for disturbance and loss of revenue from any land used for mining and a key inclusion in the land access agreement is that Industrial will rehabilitate any disturbed land to a state such that it has improved agricultural productivity compared to pre-mining operations, benefitting the farmer well into the future.
Mr Pattison said this agreement will hopefully be a template for future agreements where our projects cover cleared freehold land.
In addition to the planned drill programs, the company will also commence its first round of detailed metallurgical test work on larger samples from each project area.
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