Coates Project – Vanadium, PGE, Nickel, Copper

The Coates Project is situated approximately 60km east of the Perth metropolitan area in the Shire of Wundowie.

The Coates Project is now under an option agreement with Mining Green Metals. See our ASX announcement for further details, please click here.

AVL holds ground over the Coates Mafic Intrusive Complex.

The recent significant discovery of nickel-copper-PGE mineralisation at the Julimar Project by Chalice Gold Mines, is situated 20km NNW of AVL’s Coates tenement. The Coates Project is located in the Shire of Northam, approximately 60km east of Perth, in similar rocks to the Jimperding Metamorphic Belt.

Historic exploration at the Coates Project primarily focused on iron-titanium-vanadium. The focus of previous shallow drilling and evaluation work centred on recovery of vanadium-titano-magnetite (VTM) concentrate for use at the historical Wundowie smelter. The Coates gabbro covers a strike length of 2.3km and the strong magnetic signature is over 600m wide, striking about WNW.

AVL’s combined tenements at the Coates Project cover 111.6km2 of a southern extension of similar mafic-ultramafic rocks to the sequence that is host to the Julimar Project. The new tenement applications add 52.6km2 of area, to the east and north of the existing tenement group, covering chrome anomalism in pisolite geochemistry to the east and extending land holding north of a Pt and Pd anomaly identified from bottom of hole geochemistry drill holes reported by LIT.


Three conductors have been identified by SkyTEM Airborne Electromagnetics (AEM) survey at Coates, with the largest having a strike length of 1,900 metres.

Priority follow up work is planned with an EIS funded drilling program in Q4 of 2021 and the location of the 1,900m long conductor supports the drill program design.

An application for approval to conduct non-ground disturbing works (soil sampling and ground geophysics) will be submitted to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) during Q4 2021 as part of the approvals process to work on a wider area of E70/4924-I and within Woondowing Reserve.

Further soil surveys will be completed to cover the main intrusive area. Focus will be on extending sampling out from the areas showing anomalous Cu, Pt, Ni, Cr soil geochemistry identified in the 2021 survey, pending approval by DBCA.

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