The Zinkwand Project is located on the boundary of the Federal states of Salzburg and Styria, approximately 15 km south of Schladming. Both the northern and southern faces of the Zinkwand Mountain host historic cobalt mining sites, ranging in altitudes between 2,200 m and 2,440 m.
The Exploration Permit for Zinkwand comprises two Freischürfe, covering an area of approximately 1 km². Although a small area, this permit encompasses the entire known historic workings.
The mining history at Zinkwand falls into three distinct phases. Initially, during Medieval times, Ag, Cu, and Pb were mined. In the second phase, commencing in the 17th century, cobalt, used for the fabrication of blue pigments, was the primary target of mining. After rich Ni mineralisation was found in 1814, the third mining phase focused on Ni ores with high grade ore (such as nickeline-rich ore), mined between 1840 and 1847 having grades of up to 11% Ni, 1% Co, 1 % Cu, and between 0.1% and 0.4% Ag.
This project is not the primary focus of the Company’s immediate exploration program, but will be systematically explored over the next 5 years.
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