From the preliminary work completed, including the re-processing of the data collected in 1986 by Fathom Geophysics and the analysis of raw data from other studies, sufficient sites have been identified to commence exploration.



The first fieldworks conducted have been aimed at:

  • educating landowners on the style and impact of the work;
  • establishing and testing logistics to move people and samples for the process;
  • training of local staff; and
  • bedding down the important administrative processes required to remain in compliance with the Mining Act 2015 and the complexities of its landowner involvement.

All the required authorities, including land access agreements and processes, are in place as at the 8 January 2018 and the exploration programme has commenced.

The first period of exploration involves entering areas to be assessed by foot. Transporting staff and equipment as close to site as possible using roads and tracks or rivers and boats and completing the access and traversing on foot. This exploration is low impact and will include river float, stream sediment, rock chip, soil and bulk leach sampling and mapping.

Technical Director Peter Batten and Geologist Alex Johnston having Wasim Leg (wash his legs) ceremony performed by Chief Meri’s from Mateomon Village. An important ceremony when entering new areas. Performed to allow the ancestors of the local people to recognise new people entering their land.

Samples derived from programmes are returned to the site office and then transported to Buka from where they are freighted to internationally accredited laboratories, generally, but not necessarily, in Australia. This requires customs and quarantine certificates and clearances and the samples are subjected to heat treatments in quarantine in the country of delivery. As progress is made at any site within the application area some samples will be sent for whole rock analyses and petrological studies to enable the Kalia geologists to form a view as to the genesis and source of any mineralisation encountered.

As in all exploration the progress of work is results driven. To this end the programmes of Kalia/Toremana’s applications are predominantly traverses and greenfields exploration. Allowance for line cutting and gridding and track development assumes that some sites will progress beyond the initial exploration phase. Kalia aims to employ local (Tore) contractors to undertake any ground engaging work that is undertaken, preferably from within Toremana.