Great White kaolin project, Australia

Location map of the Great Kaolin

Photo by Andromeda Metals

26th May 2023

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
Great White kaolin project.

South Australia.

Project Owner/s
Andromeda Metals.

Project Description
The project is proposed to be completed in four stages.

In Stage 1, a 300 000 t/y kaolin processing train, will produce KCM 90 – a semirefined high-quality kaolin concentrate for sale for direct use, for further refinement by other parties or to upgrade their resources.

In Stage 2, the 300 000 t/y processing train will be upgraded to produce Great White CRM – a refined, dried, and bagged product for use by end-users in the high-end ceramics market. The facility will continue to produce Great White HRM – a refined kaolin for sale for use as an additive in the concrete industry and other associated applications.

Stage 3 includes the addition of a second 300 000 t/y processing train, increasing total processed capacity to 600 000 t/y to produce Great White CRM and Great White HRM.

In Stage 4, the second 300 000 t/y processing train, will be upgraded to produce Great White PRM – a refined, dried, and bagged product for use by end-users in coatings and polymers markets – and Great White CRM. The first processing train will continue to process an additional 300 000 t/y to produce Great White HRM and Great White CRM, with the total processing capacity of both trains being 600 000 t/y over a 28-year mine life.

Over the life-of-mine, about 260 000 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of HRM, 246 000 dmt of KCM 90, 336 000 dmt of PRM and 6.4-million tonnes of CRM are expected to be produced.

Potential Job Creation
The project is expected to create up to 40 jobs once production starts and up to 70 jobs at full operating capacity.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
The DFS estimates a net present value, at an 8% discount rate, of A$613-million and an internal rate of return of 36%, with a payback of 5.9 years.

Capital Expenditure
The project will have an initial capital cost of A$98.8-million.

Planned Start/End Date
The project will take about 18 months to complete.

Latest Developments
None stated.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
Andromeda Metals, tel +61 8 8271 0600 or email

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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