89 holes intersected a thick layer of bauxite located beneath a surface clay horizon, including some exceptionally high grade, thick gibbsite bauxite, ideal as a "sweetener" to any bauxite refinery.
Australian Bauxite CEO Ian Levy said; "Binjour is proving to be a fine bauxite deposit, containing premium grade bauxite, with good potential for more discoveries, including new discoveries of bauxite lying right at surface.
"Binjour project is destined to sell large tonnages of bauxite to alumina refineries needing "sweetener" bauxite that processes at low temperature and with low reactive silica contents.
"We call this "Brown Sugar" bauxite - sweet and greatly sort after. It will become a brand name.
In addition to the sealed Burnett Highway, a disused rail line sits at the southern end of the Binjour lease which has a low tonnage capacity unless significantly upgraded. Engineering studies and government discussions have been underway for several months to find a cost-effective solution. The Binjour project is near regional cities, power, water and a pro-development workforce.
Resource Estimation Underway
Good continuity of bauxite qualities and thickness on Swains Plateau may lead to a maiden resource estimation, albeit based only on those parts of the deposit that have had sufficient infill drilling. The extent of bauxite is being extended substantially as drilling continues.
Further Work Planned
The Swains Plateau bauxite deposit is open in many locations and at least four other deposits have been identified. Follow-up drilling of the latest bauxite discoveries at Binjour is scheduled to continue for October-November; such is the potential at Binjour.
It is planned to restart a second drill rig to test other deposits as soon as a rig and field team is in place.
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About Australian Bauxite Limited
Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) (ASX:ABZ) holds the core of the newly discovered Eastern Australian Bauxite Province. Its 37 bauxite tenements in Queensland, NSW and Tasmania covering 8,500 km2 were rigorously selected on 3 principles: 1. good quality bauxite; 2. proximity to infrastructure connected to export ports; and, 3. free of socio-environmental or native title land constraints.
All tenements are 100% owned and free of obligations for processing and third-party royalties. ABx has already discovered many bauxite deposits and new discoveries are still being made as knowledge and expertise grows.
The company's bauxite is high quality and can be processed into alumina at low temperature – the type that is in short-supply globally. Global resources declared to date are 68 million tonnes. At the company's first drilling prospect in Inverell, northern NSW, an interim resource of 35 million tonnes has been reported from drilling 15% to 20% of the area prospective for bauxite and a resource of 25 million tonnes of bauxite has been reported at the Taralga project in southern NSW. 6 million tonnes maiden resource was declared at Guyra. Results from the Binjour Plateau in central QLD confirm that ABx has discovered a significant bauxite deposit including some bauxite of outstandingly high quality. Australian Bauxite Limited aspires to identify large bauxite resources in the Eastern Australian Bauxite Province which is emerging as one of the world's best bauxite provinces.
ABx has the potential to create significant bauxite developments in three states - Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Its bauxite deposits are favourably located for direct shipping of bauxite to both local and export customers.
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