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Mid West landowner signs agreement for Eneabba Silica Sand project to begin drilling in 30 days

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Aerial view of the area in Eneabba for the sand project.
Camera IconAerial view of the area in Eneabba for the sand project. Credit: Supplied

An exploration company has signed an agreement with a land owner in Eneabba, securing an area currently used for agricultural purposes to start a silica sand drilling project.

The Eneabba Silica Sand project in Western Australia owned by Suvo Strategic Minerals Limited signed a deal with Indian Ocean Farms Pty Ltd allowing the company to fast-track and commence drilling in the area.

Silica sand, also known as quartz sand, can be mined to manufacture glass, oils, car parts, paint and coatings.

The land currently contains infrastructure providing sufficient power and water supplies to support the development of the silica sand project.

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Suvo executive chairman Henk Ludik said using the 250ha of privately owned and cleared farmland avoids gathering native vegetation clearing permits, reducing the project’s timeline.

“We plan to begin drilling within the next 30 days,” he said.

“The samples would be sent to a lab, and hopefully we have them back before the end of the year.”

Mr Ludik said the project would benefit the State by bringing in capital income and hiring local residents.

“We look forward to working with the community and expect there will be longevity in the project,” he said.

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