The Tallebung Project

Tallebung (100% SKY)

NSW Map Tallebung 2024

The Tallebung Project is located approximately 70km north-west of Condobolin in central New South Wales and is considered prospective for high-grade lode, porphyry style and bulk tonnage tin-tungsten mineralisation.

The area lies within the prospective Wagga Tin Belt of the central Lachlan Orogen, which includes the site of mainland Australia’s largest historical tin resource at Ardlethan (>31,500t Sn).

Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate and Exploration Target – JORC-012

An Exploration Target at Tallebung of approximately 23 – 32 Mt at a grade ranging between 0.14 – 0.17% tin at a cut-off grade of 0.08% tin has been defined from the drilling completed to date along with an inferred and indicated JORC-2012 MRE of 15.6Mt 0.15% tin at a 0.08% tin cut-off grade. TOMRA Ore Sorting has shown that the grade can be quintupled (5x) to over 0.7% tin with over 98% recovery of tin.

Resource CategoryTonnesGradeContained Metal
MtTin (%)WO3 (%)Tin (kt)WO3 (mtu)

Table 1: Tallebung MRE showing total tonnage, grade and contained metals at a 0.08% Tin cut-off grade. NB: WO3 refers to the Tungsten reported as an oxide as it is likely to be a significant by-product. Additionally, mtu refers to metric tonne units which Tungsten is conventionally reported as, 1 mtu = 10 kg WO3 (SKY ASX Announcement 23 January 2024).

For further details on the maiden Exploration Target and MRE, please see the ASX Announcement here

Project Sustainability

SKY aims to be an industry leader in environmental and sustainability practices. Tin at Tallebung is in a mineral called cassiterite and forms large “nuggets” which makes it uniquely easy to process as well as presenting many environmental benefits.

The uniquely coarse liberation size of the cassiterite due to the “nuggety” nature means that it does not require large amounts of energy to crush and grind. Additionally, the application of TOMRA Ore Sorting technology and gravity concentration methods both work exceptionally well to save large amounts of power and water in the production of the tin.

Demonstration of Ore Sorting Process – Video courtesy of Carlos Crowley Vazquez, BOEq & TOMRA Ore Sorting Solutions

The TOMRA Ore Sorting process at Tallebung requires no use of water or chemicals and reduces the total mass for further processing by 80%. Therefore, the technology significantly reduces the amount of water used for processing by 80% or 4/5th and further work is planned to determine the suitability of the rejected Ore Sorting mass for use as barren waste material. This material may then be useful for sheeting roads or to be sold for use in other regional construction projects.

In addition to the Ore Sorting benefits, the gravity processing method only uses water through the plant to concentrate the tin at Tallebung and recycles this water throughout the plant. This further reduces any future water requirements and avoids using large quantities of chemicals required by some other tin concentration operations. The simple gravity concentrate method and the TOMRA Ore Sorting reduce any waste and does not require the treatment and storage of large amounts of chemicals from mining and processing at Tallebung.

Tallebung Exploration Target

Figure 1: Tallebung Tin Project – Plan showing extent of the current Exploration Target along with the drillholes sampled for the TOMRA variability study testwork shown in yellow. TOMRA ore sorting shows a consistent 3-6x upgrade across the entire deposit, significantly increasing average grade from 0.15% Tin to over 0.70% Tin.

Mining History of the Tallebung Tin Field

The project is centred on the historic Tallebung Tin Field where numerous phases of mining activity have occurred over more than 100 years since its discovery in the 1890s. This activity targeted the high-grade quartz-lodes and the alluvial/colluvial material with a combined estimated historic production of 3,350 tonnes of tin concentrate. SKY is now targeting the bulk tonnage tin mineralisation underlying these areas of historic mining.

Due to the past mining activity at Tallebung, much of the costly infrastructure required for a mining operation is already in place. This includes powerlines to site, all-weather haul roads to site and within the site and an established past water supply enabling lower infrastructure set up costs for future mining operations.

Tallebung Project – Infrastructure at the Tallebung Project already in place due to the historic mining operations

Next Steps

This updated MRE and Exploration Target demonstrate the large-scale tin system that SKY is exploring at Tallebung. Follow up work will focus on expanding on these initial estimates to continue to grow this large target. SKY is planning drilling to infill and, ultimately, upgrade and expand this MRE and Exploration Target in the following months to continue to develop the Tallebung Tin Project.

In addition to this substantial expansion of the Tallebung MRE announced 23 January 2024, quartz veining with visible cassiterite nuggets has also been discovered in the base of the historic central lead open pit where alluvial tin resources were extracted in the 1960s-1970s. Three rock chip samples, OD20231020-1-OD20231020-3 were taken of these outcrops and assays have now been received.

The samples taken, assay on average over 2.10% tin which demonstrates the high-grade nature of the veins with viable coarse cassiterite and are characteristic of the Tallebung tin deposit. These results combined with the strong tin intercepted in the groundwater monitoring bore – TBRC072, show the potential for a substantial increase in the tin mineralisation footprint outside of the already large 23-32 Mt Exploration Target estimated.

Tallebung Project – Plan view showing an aerial photo of the Tallebung Tin Target and the drill hole intercepts currently at the margins of the maiden MRE

Tallebung Selected Intercepts
Tallebung with Selected Intercepts

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