Pituffik is an advanced stage titanium project, which has been proven to be the highest-grade mineral sand ilmenite project globally, with an initial Inferred JORC resource of 23.6Mt at 8.8% ilmenite (in situ), including a high-grade zone equal to 7.9Mt at 14.2% ilmenite. With a fast-paced development programme underway, Bluejay is focussed on advancing Pituffik into production in 2018.
Having proven the grade quality of Pituffik, work is now underway to prove its size potential. Crucially, the defined resource forms part of a larger exploration target for the tested area of between 90Mt to 130Mt at an in-situ grade of between 6.3% and 8.4% ilmenite. Furrthermore, this area covers just ~17% of the raised beach area within the Moriusaq target; Moriusaq is one of two primary target areas, with the other being Itelak, whilst the raised beach environment is one of three types of domains situated along an >40km coastline within the licence area. Accordingly, the Board is confident that signification expansion potential remains.
The three primary environments that exist within the licence area are:
Raised beaches; containing ilmenite accumulations over widths of more than 1km, of unknown depths, along more than 30km of coastline;
Active beaches; which refers to the area seaward of the frontal dunes, including the beach, tidal zones and surf zone; and
Drowned beaches; which refers to the areas seaward of active beaches.
Current activity is being centred on the active and raised beach environments at Moriusaq, as this is expected to be the initial production zone. The Company is targeting the commencement of production in 2018 and is currently undertaking a number of studies to support this. This includes necessary feasibility studies, bathymetry work to determine exploration options, and a proof-of-concept bulk sampling programme to produce representative material from both the active & raised beach environments at Moriusaq in order to prove that Bluejay can deliver quality product based on its current production model. Crucially results from this continue to exceed expectations, with the levels of visible ilmenite concentrations in the bulk sampling much greater than expected.
Construction of the mine plant and supporting infrastructure is due to commence in early 2018 and the full Exploitation Licence anticipated is expected to be granted by the Mineral Resource Authority (‘MRA’) of the Government of Greenland in H1 2018.
Crucially, whilst the onshore areas have been proven to host extensive and high-grade accumulations of ilmenite, exploration work suggests that the offshore environment has the potential to host much larger volumes of ilmenite bearing sediments. Indeed, photogrammetry, marine bathymetry, and offshore sampling completed by Bluejay during 2015 returned visual percentages of heavy minerals in almost all samples taken. Furthermore, the shallow marine environment has been proven to extend out to approximately 1,000m from shore, all in less than 20m of water. This means that the drowned beach sediment accumulations, if ultimately proven, could be amenable to exploitation via simple and cost effective offshore dredging.
In support of offshore development, Bluejay was granted the first marine exploration licence for minerals by Greenlandic. Accordingly, the Company’s Mineral Exploration licence covers both on and offshore areas.
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