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King Island is the most western large island in the Bass Strait, located between Victoria and Tasmania. The Dolphin Project is situated on the south east coast of the island, near the old mining town of Grassy.
The Dolphin Tungsten Mine operated between 1917 and 1992, when it was closed due to extremely low tungsten prices, rather than a lack of reserves. At that time, approximately 50% of the known resource was yet to be mined. Two mines were operated, the larger Dolphin mine and the satellite Bold Head Mine.
Over the last few years, G6M has concentrated on optimising a redevelopment strategy for the Dolphin Tungsten Project, which contains a JORC 2012 compliant Mineral Reserve of 4.43Mt at a grade of 0.92% WO3 (at 0.2% cut-off for the opencut and 0.7% for the underground). Mineral Resources, including the Mineral Reserves, total 9.6Mt at a grade of 0.90% WO3 (at 0.2% cut-off).
The current development plan envisages an 8-year open cut mine followed by a 6 year underground mine producing a concentrate for supply into the Ammonium Paratungstate market.
The Dolphin Project
The Dolphin Project is located near the town of Grassy on the south east coast of King Island, the most western large island in the Bass Strait. Grassy has historically been a mining town, developed to service the Dolphin Mine which produced Scheelite, a form of Tungsten, up until 1992.
King Island has a population of 1585 people according to 2016 ABS Census. It is heavily developed for beef and dairy farming, seafood fishing, tourism and has a large kelp harvesting industry. The main commercial centre is Currie, located on the west coast of the island and approximately 25km by road from the mining and port town of Grassy.