Nickel, in the Heart of Kambalda
The Company is a mineral resource exploration company which owns two prospective Western Australian projects with a focus on nickel sulphide exploration and discovery. The Company’s primary aim is to become the owner of sufficient nickel Mineral Resources, via discovery and development, to be a key player in the resurgence of the nickel sector in the medium term.
Lunnon Metals currently holds 100% of the mineral rights at the Foster and Baker elements of the Kambalda Nickel Project (KNP), subject to certain rights retained by St Ives relating to gold rights in minor parts of the project area. It also recently acquired rights to nickel at the last two historical WMC nickel mines never previously transacted, Silver Lake and Fisher, in the heart of Kambalda. In total, the four historical mines that the Company owns produced over 161,000 tonnes of nickel metal when in production between 1967 and 1994.
Kambalda and Lunnon Metals' project areas are located 70 km south-southeast of Kalgoorlie within the Kambalda Nickel District, Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia. Exploration and mining in the region have been occurring since 1896, prior to the town of Kambalda being gazetted in December 1897. Post-World War II, the area was extensively explored and mined by Western Mining Corporation before the sale of the Project area to Gold Fields Limited in December 2001.
KNP, shown in its regional location in below, is approximately 47km2 in size comprising two parcels of 19 (Foster and Baker) and 20 (Silver Lake and Fisher) contiguous granted mining leases situated within the Kambalda Nickel District which extends for more than 70 kilometres south from the township of Kambalda. This world-renowned nickel district has produced in excess of 1.4 million tonnes of nickel metal since its discovery in 1966 by WMC Resources Ltd. In addition, close to 15Moz of gold in total has been mined with WMC accounting for 5.9Moz and over 8.3Moz produced by Gold Fields Ltd since the purchase of the operation in December 2001 from WMC, making the Kambalda/St Ives district a globally significant gold camp in its own right.
The area can be accessed via well-established mine road infrastructure and lake causeway from the Kambalda township. The BHP Ltd, Nickel West nickel concentrator plant on the north side of Lake Lefroy is only 20km away.
The Kambalda Nickel Project has a JORC Mineral Resource estimate compiled in accordance with the JORC 2012 guidelines of 2.9 Mt @ 3.1% Ni (Indicated 1.86Mt @ 3.4% Ni and Inferred 1.01Mt @ 2.4% Ni) for a total of 87,800 tonnes of nickel metal, hosted at the Foster nickel mine and the newly discovered Baker deposit.