VRX Silica (ASX: VRX) has added the Arrowsmith Brand project to it’s portfolio of WA silica sand projects, publishing a 523Mt@97.3% SiO2 Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE).
Importantly, this new MRE adds 268 Mt @ 96.7% SiO2 to overall VRX Silica Mineral Resource Estimate.
The project is located to the south of the Arrowsmith North project, and bounded by Brand Highway road reserve. The Arrowsmith Brand Mining Lease Application M 70/1418 has an area of 1,995 Ha and predominately within Exploration Licence E70/5027, partially within E70/5109 and is contiguous with the granted Arrowsmith North Mining Lease M70/1389.
Figure 1: Arrowsmith Brand Silica Sand Project Location
VRX Silica Managing Director Bruce Maluish said:
“The combined Resources at the Arrowsmith Projects now provide a future pipeline of additional production utilising some of the infrastructure to be developed at the Arrowsmith North Project.
“Although development of Arrowsmith Brand is not a priority at the moment, VRX is cognizant of the extended timelines that are now commonplace for mining approvals and this project has the potential to expand production to meet ever increasing demand for silica sand products.
“The silica sand at Brand is similar to Arrowsmith North and testwork to-date has included samples from within this Resource and indicated similar products can be produced.
“Following the production of the preliminary estimate at Brand, VRX has lodged an application for a Mining Lease at Brand and this pending.”