Metallica Minerals has released a maiden JORC inferred resource for its Cape Flattery silica sand project of 12.85 million tonnes grading at 99.28 per cent silicon dioxide.
It comes as the company plans a program of up to 25 drill holes in the white silica sand dunes adjacent to the world-class Cape Flattery Silica sand mine owned by Mitsubishi.
The maiden resource has been based on hand auger work completed in previous programs.
Metallica said it had decided to have the previous auger results examined following COVID-19 delays to the signing of the conduct and compensation agreement with traditional land owners.
In an announcement to the ASX, it said it was encouraged by the initial JORC estimate and was looking forward to the more extensive and deeper drill program results.
The independent assessment of the auger hole drilling was conducted by consultants Ausrocks