The Smoky Project comprises of the 100% owned exploration license (EL8944), which covers two blocks (6km²) in the upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.
Smoky Aerial

Project Summary

In 1970, Commercial Minerals Pty Ltd identified halloysite in four trenches. Between 1983-1984, historic records have shown two drill holes completed within EL8944:

Southwest Hole DH2 Contained:

  • Kaolinite Clayrock: 0m to 23m (end of hole)

Northeast Hole DH3 Contained:

  • Halloysite: 11m to 14.5m
  • Halloysite and Metakaolin: 21m to 26.5m
  • Kaolinite Clayrock: 27m to 43m (end of hole)

Historical Mining

Viridis has established the location of the historical quarries for chamotte (high-alumina calcined clay) within the current EL8944. The small-scale mining of chamotte in the region, which is used in the refractory industries, commenced in 1966 by Commercial Minerals Limited. It was during this period that small quantities of halloysite were also mined for granular absorbent and nucleating agent applications from a specific quarry by Commercial Minerals.