Stellar project lights up tin market

The May edition of Paydirt reports that despite the challenges tin producers and explorers are facing in the market, many remain bullish the sector will bounce back ‘with history suggesting a tin price recovery is on the cards’.

One explorer and developer ‘prepared for the fight’ is Stellar Resources, who article author, Mark Andrews, describes as a ‘potential rising star in the game’.

Earlier this year Stellar conducted a metallurgical optimisation study at its Heemskirk Tin project in Tasmania, which revealed better tin recoveries (up 7.4% to 79.5%) from the Severn deposit were possible, while average recoveries across all deposits improved by 4.5% to 72.8%. An increase in recoveries has also boosted production potential to 4,520t, resulting in a PFS valuation for the Heemskirk Tin Project of $160 million.

Commenting on Stellar’s credentials as Australia’s best emerging tin producer, Managing Director Peter Blight said, “There is growing interest within the tin industry itself as to where the next sustainable production is going to come from. What the industry is looking for is investible projects and I think we stack up pretty well on the list.”

The article also reports on the big focus for Stellar this year; starting a DFS at Heemskirk, with Andrews suggesting “further metallurgical improvements and resulting cost optimisations will no doubt help Stellar’s pursuit for cash”, with the company looking to secure $10 million.

Paydirt: A Stellar Year

In the February edition of Paydirt, Stellar Resources Managing Director Peter Blight spoke with Rhys Dickinson to reflect on the great success the company had enjoyed in 2014 and discuss why even more excitement lies ahead.

Last year Stellar announced the results of a successful three-hole drilling campaign at Queen Hill, proving that tin mineralisation potentially extended an additional 150m down plunge of Queen Hill’s existing mineral resource.

Speaking about this positive result, Blight commented: “What the latest drill hole is suggesting is that there is very good potential in that deeper zone to find more mineralisation and possibly the three deposits (Queen Hill, Severn and Motana) coming together as you go deeper down. That’s all quite encouraging.”

During the interview, the Stellar MD explained how much of Stellar’s focus this year would be on the Severn deposit’s high grade areas: “We didn’t get around to doing drilling at Severn last year, mainly because we launched into this review of geology. That’s now given us some better ideas for targeting Severn, particularly focusing on the high grade tin areas,” he said. “We are still formulating the programme at the present time but the intention is to test some of these ideas in the early part of 2015.”

Overall, Blight believes that Stellar’s good work in 2014 has it poised for production in 2017: “We think the project is very highly ranked against the other tin development proposals out there, and the key advantage is the grade of the project and the infrastructure we have around us in Tasmania.”