Zanthus Magnetite Project
"With a growing resource base, some of Australia's most superior metallurgical characteristics and immediate access to bulk commodity transport options, Buxton is well positioned to deliver a potential bulk-scale mining operation at its Zanthus Magnetite Project in southern Western Australia."
- Anthony Maslin, Managing Director
Infrastructure:The Zanthus Magnetite Project lies within 25km of the Trans-Australia rail line, and 35km from the Zanthus railhead and rail siding that the Company can utilise for bulk commodity loading. The Zanthusrailhead is located approximately 200km East of Kalgoorlie, and 600km by rail to Esperance Port.Esperance Port currently has the capacity to handle cape-sized vessels up to 200,000 tonnes, with expansion commencing 2012. An airstrip is also located immediately adjacent to the Zanthus railhead allowing ease of access to these areas.
Superior Metallurgy:Buxton has undertaken Davis Tube metallurgical test-work, which has revealed premium recoveries, grind size and low silica content. Recently completed test-work confirmed a 66.4% avg. Iron product delivered at 150 micron grind size and up to 68% Fe experienced in earlier testing.
- Comparably the metallurgical characteristics of BUX's magnetite project are amongst the best in Australia.
- High grade iron product can be produced at a very coarse grain size of 150 micron (p80) .
- Coarse grind size indicates that future CAPEX and OPEX may be significantly lower than similar operations.
Resource Estimate: Buxton Resources has reported an initial JORC compliant resource at its Cohen Prospect completed by Runge Ltd, the first of the five target areas that will be subject to resource drilling. The maiden inferred resource estimate at the Cohen prospect was recorded as 103 million tonnes, grading 26.5% fe determined with a 20% cut-off. The Cohen prospect was selected as the first target due to its proximity to transport infrastructure and potential for an open pit mining scenario. A scoping study being conducted by Runge Ltd is progressing towards completition.
Exploration targets: Buxton has a total exploration target at the Zanthus Project of between 0.7 and 1.3 billion tonnes* that will incorporate the JORC resource estimates yet to be definedover the remaining target areas. (See table below for individual prospect details)
Exploration/outlook: While the company has delineated a moderate sized JORC complaint resource at the Cohen prospect, there is strong potential exploration upside presented at the remaining targets within the Zanthus Project area. The company will undertake further resource drilling to determine the extent of the total potential resource at Zanthus.
* The potential quality and grade of the Zanthus Exploration Target is conceptual in nature. There has been insufficient exploration to define a Mineral Resource and its uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource.
Investment Highlights Zanthus Project
|Prospect||Drilling to date (m)||JORC resource(Inferred)||Exploration target*||Drilling planned - FY201/12 (m)|
|Cohen||103.6Mt at 26.5Fe||-|
|Marley Line||-||151-281Mt at 22-32% Fe*|
|Zappa-Dylan Line||-||227-422Mt at 22-32% Fe*|
|Joplin-Hendrix Line||-||151-281Mt at 22-32% Fe*|
|Southern Targets||-||76-140Mt@22-32% Fe*|
|Total||5,433||103.6Mt at 26.5Fe|