Trawalla kaolin resource supports future of Suvo’s Pittong project
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Suvo has pencilled in a maiden resource for the Trawalla project that highlights its potential to provide feedstock for the Pittong hydrous kaolin plant in Victoria.
The indicated and inferred resource of 12.7 million tonnes of kaolinized granite represents a 20% increase on the historical non-JORC resource estimate and comes just weeks after test work confirmed the presence of valuable halloysite.
With its location just 23km from Pittong, approved work plan and land access agreement already in place, Suvo Strategic Minerals (ASX:SUV) can start Trawalla mining operations at the proverbial drop of the hat.
Its halloysite content also offers the company the opportunity to address new, traditional and evolving markets, such as battery and nano technologies subject to test work.
“The conversion of the Trawalla Mineral Resource Estimate to JORC compliance is an important milestone in the development of a larger multi-decade operation at Pittong,” executive chairman Robert Martin said.
“The occurrence of halloysite is truly encouraging as it opens large traditional markets not currently addressed by Pittong, allowing immediate entry to newly emerging sectors for halloysite-kaolin including battery and nano technologies.
“Work is ongoing to define its extent, as is associated test work with our global industry partners. The Trawalla resource is essentially a shovel ready project that offers Suvo some very exciting opportunities.”
A maiden JORC resource is also expected for the Pittong deposit in the coming weeks.
Trawalla is located within a granted mining licence covering 236ha and has been the subject of about 1,220 auger, reverse circulation and diamond drill holes since 1991.
Data from 240 of these holes were used to estimate the JORC resource after samples from three twin holes drilled this year confirmed the historical data was suitable.
Suvo recently signed an exclusive agreement with First Test Minerals to help support development of Trawalla halloysite.
Initial test work by FTM will identify the most suitable processes for Trawalla halloysite and develop products for both traditional halloysite use and new applications.
This supports existing work by Chinese mineral process technology and mineral product development research institute BGRIMM that tests and uses Trawalla halloysite in battery technology development and coatings use, as well as in nanomaterial engineering to develop nanotubes for hydrogen storage and carbon capture.
This article was developed in collaboration with Suvo Strategic Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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