Hi, I’m Brendan Cummins, the Executive Director of Black Canyon.
We recently announced the maiden mineral resources for KR1 and KR2 deposits up in the Balfour Manganese Field. The combined mineral resources total 103Mt at 10.4% manganese, for a contained amount of manganese of 10.7 Mt.
The global mineral resource now totals 275 Mt at 10.3% manganese, or 28.4 Mt of contained manganese. So the Balfour Manganese Field continues to exceed expectations and over the last two and a half years since listing the company, we’ve discovered more manganese than any other company up in the Pilbara region of WA. But we’re not finished yet.
We still need to complete the mineral resources for Balfour East and the Damsite prospect. And also, don’t forget the huge exploration target that I think we’re going to deliver for the Pickering project as well.
So over the past few months, the Company’s been working really hard to demonstrate the amenability of these deposits to produce high purity manganese sulfate, which is critical in the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries.
We’ve also demonstrated that these manganese deposits can be upgraded using simple beneficiation from 10% to 15% in the ground to 30% to 33% manganese concentrate through simple beneficiation, which is scrubbing, washing and using dense media separation. This material is then fed into smelters to produce silico or manganese alloys, which are then used in the steel industry.
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