Junior explorer Trigg Mining (ASX: TMG) has appointed Western Australian mining identity Dr Tony Chamberlain to the role of chief operating officer to help realise its mission of developing a new sulphate of potash (SOP) hub in the state’s eastern goldfields.
Dr Chamberlain has held senior operational and leadership positions for junior and major resources and engineering companies in Australia and overseas.
He was most recently the chief operating officer of BCI Minerals (ASX: BCI), leading the development of the Mardie salt potash project in WA’s Pilbara region and taking it through to bankable feasibility status.
Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of Vimy Resources (ASX: VMY), assisting the company in taking the Mulga Rock uranium project near Kalgoorlie from scoping to definitive feasibility study and achieving the necessary Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approvals.
Dr Chamberlain has been a non-executive director of numerous private and listed companies and brings considerable technical capability and potash experience to his new role.
He has degrees in extractive metallurgy and chemistry and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degree from Curtin University.
Trigg managing director Keren Paterson said Dr Chamberlain will add significant value to the development of the company’s Lake Throssell SOP project, located 170km east of Laverton in WA.
“We are pleased to welcome Tony to our growing team at Trigg,” she said.
“He brings a wealth of recent experience from the potash industry and his deep knowledge of developing projects through to bankable finance will help [us] rapidly progress Lake Throssell over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Lake Throssell is Trigg’s flagship development which it hopes may underpin a new SOP hub on the doorstep of WA’s eastern goldfields.
In May, the company debuted a maiden resource estimate for the project totalling 14.2 million tonnes of drainable SOP at 4,638 milligrams per litre of potassium (or 10.34kg per cubic metre of SOP).
Ms Paterson said the estimate highlighted the possibility of a multi-decade operation and placed Trigg “front and centre” of the state’s new-generation SOP industry.