The mining contractor delivers crude kaolin ore to stockpiles from the Pittong deposit (MIN5408) to the processing plant, strategically located within 2km.
The Pittong plant takes its feedstock from the Run of Mine (“ROM”) and it is processed into four separate product forms for end users. These product forms are 10% moisture lump, high solids slurry, 1% moisture powder and 1% moisture pulverised powder.
The solids slurry is used in paper and board manufacturing. The other products are used in paper, coatings, paint and specialist industries including rubber and pharmaceutical applications.
Currently, around 20-25kt per annum of hydrous kaolin is supplied locally and internationally to various end users. In February 2023, the Pittong plant upgrade and optimisation project was completed, uplifting the processing capacity to 60kt per annum.
The Lal Lal kaolin deposit (MIN 5409) is 100% owned by Suvo and is located only 25km from Ballarat in Victoria.
Lal Lal is used to supplement Pittong with a higher brightness ore for specialist applications such as pharmaceutical and cosmetics.
The Trawalla kaolin deposit (MIN 5365) is 100% owned by Suvo and is located only 23km from the Pittong processing facilities. Trawalla has an approved work plan, land access agreement and is mining ready.
MIN 5365 contains an area of 236 hectares and was granted in June 2002. The total Indicated and Inferred JORC compliant Mineral Resource of 12.7 million tonnes of kaolinised granite, yielding 3.5 million saleable tonnes of <45µm bright white kaolin with bleached ISO Brightness of 83.7.