WA Kaolin expects 73-year mine life at Wickepin

WA Kaolin (ASX:WAK) has more than doubled the ore reserves at the company’s Wickepin Kaolin Project in Western Australia with a mine production life of 73 years now expected.

WA Kaolin commissioned CSA Global, an independent geological and mining consultancy which also authored the previous estimates, to provide an updated Ore Reserve Estimate (ORE) and Mineral Resources Estimate (MRE) in accordance with the JORC 2012 Code.

The Wickepin project’s ORE is now reported at 64.9 million tonnes – an increase of 113% – with a mine production life of 73 years, while the MRE is now reported at 643Mt.

WA Kaolin CEO Andrew Sorensen says the ore reserve upgrade more than doubles the Wickepin Kaolin deposit making it the largest known primary kaolin deposit in the world.

“This massive resource now supports a 73-year mine life proving that it will be a multi-generation project and provides confidence as we progress our production ramp up to stage one nameplate capacity of 200,000tpa and look towards doubling production capacity in stage two.”

WA Kaolin holds the Wickepin Kaolin Project, 220km south-east of Perth. The WA Kaolin Project is adjacent to the township of Wickepin, some 214km east-southeast of Perth.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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