Corella Resources has released the results of a Scoping Study for its Tampu Kaolin deposit, completed by CSA Global and based on the 24.7Mt Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate.
Corella has said that Tampu has the potential to become one of the highest quality undeveloped kaolin deposits globally to produce HPA and kaolin for the high-end paint, paper coating, top-end ceramic, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
Initial testing produced 5N HPA potentially suitable for the battery and LED markets.
The company said the site is favourable for its existing infrastructure, including a mining storage facility, and its close proximity to rail infrastructure and port facilities located approximately 265km northeast of Perth.
The results indicate that Tampu mineralisation is open in all directions, with an average depth of 4m and a footprint covering less than 0.15 per cent of the total Tampu landholding with potential for future growth.
The company has said that its strategic vision is the production of High-Purity Alumina (HPA) using its high-quality kaolin as a feedstock. The HPA precursor kaolin processing plant will also produce other various products.
The product mix and phased scheduling, including capex for all product types, will be a focus of the planned Feasibility Study, expected to commence in January 2024.
Corella Resources CEO, Jess Maddren, said that she is thrilled by the potential that lies within the Tampu Project, not only for shareholders but also for the company’s potential customers and the local community.
“The exceptional quality of the Tampu Project, when compared to established global Kaolin operations, underscores our confidence in pursuing the transition from a promising discovery to a fully operational mining venture,” Ms Maddren said.
“We are continuing to engage with the local community and explore opportunities for collaborative, sustainable growth as we strive to establish a multigenerational operation with minimal environmental impact.”
Featured image: Scoping study drilling operations underway. Image credit: Corella Resources.