Sandy Ridge Update – May 2020
Tellus Holdings Ltd (Tellus) is pleased to provide further details on the progress of its Sandy Ridge Facility. Construction and mining of the first pit (waste cell) are now well underway and the project continues to be delivered on schedule and budget.
We invite you to view highlights from the mining and exploration to-date by watching the short video linked below:
Tellus supports the long-term, economic sustainability of the regions in which we operate. Consistent with Tellus’ “buy local, hire local” policy, Tellus is committed to supporting local WA businesses.
Under GR Engineering Services Limited, West Australian based mining sub-contractor, B&J Catalano (which has over 55 years mining experience), have supplied two surface miners. This equipment will be used to break through an approximately 4m thick silcrete layer (that is as hard as concrete), before returning to conventional truck and excavator mining of the kaolin clay up to a depth of 30m. The mined material is being stockpiled in accordance with project approvals.
Tellus is presently on track to have the first waste cell mined and ready for waste emplacement within three months.
The first waste cell’s dimensions are approximately 160m long x 80m wide x 30m deep. Approximately 230,000 bank cubic meters will be mined from within the air-dome and stockpiled at the site.
After seven years of hard work that included eight drilling campaigns, over 360 holes drilled and over 10 km of core studied, the team at Sandy Ridge are delighted that mining has commenced and that we will be in a position for first in-cell waste placement at the end of Q3 2020.