By Joel Scanlon
Montezuma Mining has found a potential manganese resource at the Butcher Bird Project. Its latest bulk sampling program has identified six areas fit for Direct Shipping Ore or DSO potential. The grades of manganese found have also been good.
The high grade copper mine at Butcher Bird was the traditional profit maker at the project with its near the surface copper deposits. The mine has produced about 8.46 million tonnes of copper during its operations with a grade of 22.6% for the copper ore.
Now testing at the project has determined that the site would also be able to host a profitable operation with manganese. The current bulk sampling and exploration was carried out to see if the resources could be brought to production with low operational and setting up costs.
The testing was carried out by an independent firm known as Snowden Mining Industry Consultants. As per their December 7 report the Butcher Bird Project resources have 119 million tonnes of ore at 11.6% manganese. Another 55.9 million tones are available at a lower ore grade of 9.3% as well.
The company is now also undertaking a feasibility study at the Yanneri Ridge prospect. This property has mineralization similar to that of the Butcher Bird Project. Montezuma mining company has exploratory rights to over 3,000 km in Western Australia. These prospects include gold, copper, nickel and uranium.