South-West Project UNICUP
The Project sites are located approximately 300km south of the capital city of Perth in the South-Western region of Western Australia.
Project 1 is known as Unicup. Project 2 is called Antwalker/Pipeclay Tree.
This region has an extensive history of exploration, some of which falls within the tenement areas. Whilst no large-scale mining operations have eventuated within the tenement areas, there are however many other operating mining projects and substantial agricultural and other primary industry enterprises located within this region. As a result, infrastructure has been well established to support industry, along with the residential townships that provide for the communities that service them.
Each location can be accessed via excellent quality, all-weather sealed highways and major roads, with the tenement areas being readily accessible by a mix of sealed and gravel/sand access roads. The local roads – some of which may require upgrade to support any proposed future mining operations – are both suitable and accessible all year round for exploration teams and their associated equipment, including drill rigs.
The location of each of these Projects also gives easy access to the major highways needed to transport the resource to holding, processing and shipping facilities.
The Company’s tenements are located on elevated sand plains and the residual laterite terrain of the Biranup Zone in the Proterozoic Albany-Fraser Orogen of South-Western Australia.
It is underlain by quartzo-feldspathic gneisses, mainly derived from granitoid rocks of the Biranup and Nornalup Complexes. These high grade, pure quartz silica sands are part of the mid to late Eocene Werillup Formation, which consists of alluvial river sands and gravel, laid on low grade coal and lignite laid down in coastal swamps. The host stratigraphy is up to 64m in thickness and crop out at surface.
The geological setting of the tenements is consistent for silica sand potential, and the Independent Geologist’s Report details this in full.
PROJECT 1 UNICUP
The Unicup Project encompasses three granted exploration licences E70/5447, E70/5527 and E70/5920. These tenements are located close to the Muirs Highway.
The figure that follows shows the location of the three tenements in relation to local nature reserves and State forests. The project is relatively unencumbered by these areas, however the underlying land is generally freehold land and permission will be required to undertake some exploration activities.
The Unicup Project is located on poorly drained flats with lakes and low dune and undulating low hills and rises. The sediments of the area are part of the Werillup formation consisting of either carbonaceous clays and silts interbedded with fine to coarse grained quartz sands or thick beds of carbonaceous clay through to carbonaceous sandy silts.
The distribution of the sediments is poorly understood due to extensive cover by ferricrete, alluvium and colluvium. There is a sharp bedding contact between quartz sands and underlying clays or clayey silts. Quartz sands are poorly to moderately sorted, fine to coarse grained, with grains being angular to subangular.
An overview of the local geology at the Unicup Project is shown in the graphic that follows. Deeper palaeochannels potentially containing significant sand deposits are also shown.
These palaeochennels will be the focus of initial exploration as they contain deeper deposits of sand.
Unicup Project Mineral Resource Estimate
Auranmore Consulting were engaged by Allup Silica Limited to undertake a Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for the Unicup Silica Sand Project.
The Unicup Silica Sand Project Mineral Resource Estimate, effective as of 21 October 2021 is summarised as:
The Mineral Resource Estimate complies with recommendations in the Australasian Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (2012) by the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC). The Minerals resource Estimate was compiled by Richard Maddocks, MSc in Mineral Economics, BAppSc in Applied Geology and Grad Dip in Applied Finance and Investment. Mr. Maddocks is an employee of Auranmore Consulting and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (111714) with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Maddocks has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the JORC Code.