Testing has backed Diatreme Resources’ Galalar silica project as being able to produce premium-grade product suitable for high-tech applications.
Galalar forms part of Diatreme’s Cape Bedford Silica/Heavy Minerals Project, about 200km north of Cairns.
The company described the results from specialist bulk sample testing in China as a major boost for the project.
“These results confirm that the project is capable of producing a premium grade, low iron and high purity silica sand product, meeting the requirements for high-end glass manufacturing and capable of attracting premium prices,” Diatreme chief executive officer Neil McIntyre said.
“The latest data will be incorporated into the resource definition and mine development planning process currently being undertaken by independent consultants Ausrocks, with Diatreme targeting an increased mineral resource estimate for Galalar during the current quarter.”
Diatreme Resources last month launched the Galalar silica project, changing the name from Nob Point prospect (an area contained within the Cape Bedford exploration tenement ) after consultation with traditional owners.
In August last year it announced a maiden inferred mineral resource for Galalar (Nob Point prospect) of an estimated 21.6 million tonnes at more than 99 per cent purity silica.