Kalia is targeting energy metals across a range of mineralisation styles.




Geographically, Bougainville is the principal island of the northern group of the Solomon Islands archipelago. It is about 190km long and 50km wide and is a place of great natural beauty. There is a spine of steep mountains running north to south, some higher than 2,500m.

The mountains include a number of volcanoes. Seventeen post-Miocene strato volcanoes have been identified on Bougainville, the largest island of the Solomon Group. From north-west to south-east, these are the Tore, Balbi, Numa Numa, Billy Mitchell, Bagana, Reini, and Bakanovi volcanoes and the Takuan and Toroka groups of volcanoes. There are several other post-Miocene volcanoes in northern Bougainville which have not been accurately delineated.

Three of the volcanoes are active or potentially active; these are Bagana, the most active volcano in the Territory of New Guinea, and the dormant Balbi and Loloru volcanoes.

The Keriaka limestone plateau south of Mt Balbi contains Benua Cave, one of the largest underground caverns in the world.
The volcanoes are built up of lavas and pyroclastic deposits mostly of andesitic composition, although some dacitic rocks are also present.

EL03 and EL04 cover a combined 1704 square kilometres of highly prospective, Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) mapped Emperor Range Volcanics – andesite, basalt, agglomerate, tuff and associated fan deposits, intruded by a mapped 150 square kilometres of Oligocene to Pleistocene diorite, microdiorite, monzonite, granodiorite, syenite and granophyre. Similar intrusives host the giant Panguna deposit (1,838Mt @ 0.30%Cu and 0.34g/tAu, as published by Bougainville Copper Limited – ASX: BOC in the 2016 Annual Report published 31 March 2017)


The Indiana project is targeting the potential for sulphide mineralisation within the Riddock Amphibolite and later intrusives within the Irindina Province, with the existing Baldrick and Blackadder Prospects within the tenement area as guides. Additionally, the presence of historic mica workings within pegmatites is an indication of potential for pegmatites to host metals within the project area.

The occurrence of mafic-ultramafic igneous-related nickel, PGE, chromium, and cobalt is closely related to mafic-ultramafic igneous rocks derived from the mantle. Based on known resources in Australia, the continent appears to be under-represented in world-class intrusion-hosted nickel, PGE, and chromium deposits despite Australia’s favourable geology for such deposits.

Extensive geophysical exploration by previous explorers have identified a number of prospects with limited ground follow-up exploration.

The most significant of these prospects is the neighbouring Basil Copper Cobalt Deposit (EL26942) where in early 2012, a JORC 2004 Code – compliant Inferred Mineral Resource was delineated of 26.5Mt @ 0.57% copper, 0.05% cobalt from surface. The Basil deposit lies within a broader 10 kilometre trend of amphibolite and calcsilicate rock types of the Irindina Province on the contact with the Aileron Province.

Further exploration licence applications have been made in the area however there is no guarantee of the grant by the Northern Territory Government.


Kalia’s Stuart Shelf Copper-Gold-Uranium project lies with the Olympic Copper-Gold Province host to Olympic Dam, Prominent Hill, Carrapateena, Hillside and other recent discoveries.

The northern areas of the Olympic Copper-Gold Province remain under-explored due to thick sedimentary cover.

3D inversion modeling conducted by Kalia shows a large magnetic anomaly interpreted as deep intrusive extending up from extreme depth to 5km below surface with amplitude and depth similar to inferred deep intrusive below Olympic Dam that provided heat source to drive mineralising fluids.

The gravity model shows zones of high density wrapping around the deep magnetic body and extending upwards.

Magnetics and gravity data reveal deep NW/SE crustal structure parallel to regional trend and aligned with known Iron Oxide Copper-Gold (IOCG) deposits.