Pittong Operation

The 100% owned Pittong Operation is located 40km west of Ballarat in Victoria and is the only hydrous processing kaolin plant in Australia.

Pittong was acquired from a wholly owned subsidiary of the Imery’s Group in December 2020 and consists of a hydrous kaolin processing plant, two active kaolin mine deposits and one unused kaolin mine.

It is the Company’s intention to upgrade the capacity of the plant to meet the current high demand for the product.

Location map showing proximity to the township of Ballarat

Location map showing proximity to the township of Ballarat

Pittong has been in operation since 1972 and has an excellent reputation as a credible and reliable domestic and international manufacturer and supplier of high-quality kaolin products with a highly skilled operational team. Since inception, its operators have developed extensive sales channels in Australia, New Zealand and the APAC region.

Synergies from Pittong’s experienced management, mining, process technicians, laboratory, sales and marketing personnel will help to build a first-class team to assist in the development of Suvo’s White Cloud Kaolin Project and Nova Silica Sand Project, both 100% owned and located in Western Australia.

Pittong north pit

Pittong north pit

Assets

Pittong is the sole hydrous kaolin processing plant and mine in Australia, comprising of the following:

  • Pittong Plant – Hydrous plant capable of producing a range of kaolin products for the paper, board and specialty minerals markets. Current mine feed is supplied from the Pittong & Lal Lal Mines.
  • Pittong Mine – Operating mine producing in the order of 90% of plant feedstock.
  • Lal Lal Mine – Operating mine producing limited feedstock for specific product applications.
  • Trawalla Mine – Greenfield mine site.

Mining operations and haulage to Pittong Plant services are undertaken by a local mining contractor. The mining contractor manages the extraction of kaolin from the Pittong and Lal Lal mine sites and builds stockpiles at the mine site, transports the crude kaolin and builds stockpiles at the ROM pad at the Pittong Plant. The Plant takes its feedstock from the ROM pad and processes crude kaolin via four lines to produce a range of products with different specifications for different end users (lump, slurry, powder and pulverised powder).

Pittong open and shallow north pit
Pittong processing plant facilities
Pittong finished kaolin products for dispatch

Pittong’s open and shallow north pit, processing plant facilities and finished kaolin products for dispatch.

Mineral Resource

The Company has undertaken works in order to report JORC complaint Resources and Reserve estimates for all of its Pittong kaolin deposits. The exercise comprised of shallow air-core drilling campaigns at the Pittong and Lal Lal mines, laboratory tests to determine grade and quality of ore, an analysis of bulk density for each deposit, and an extrapolation and interpretation of data.

Trawalla has not yet been mined, however, 4,500 metres of air-core drilling and associated data is available for interpretation. The Company aims to use this data to underpin a JORC complaint resource, and will aim to verify the existing data by undertaking a sample of parallel air-core holes. This deposit was originally drilled by Dr Ian Wilson, a non-executive director of the Company, who is very familiar with the asset.

Pittong north pit

Pittong north pit