Flinders Exploration is aiming to become South Australia’s first underground phosphorus miner following exploration early next year.
The explorer is aiming to drill in the Orroroo and Tarcowie in the southern Flinders Ranges.
"When some phosphate search was done perhaps 40 or 50 years ago they focused on just a few small areas, just on outcrops and not moving away from those outcrops to the areas covered by soil," Flinders managing director David Tucker said.
He went on to say that what Flinders is doing is the first time anyone’s ever looked away from the outcropping phosphate to look under the soil cover to see what’s there.”
The company believes it is a good time to explorer for phosphorus, as there has been a huge rise in the demand for phosphate fertilisers.
In particular, Australia has a large global appetite for phosphate fertilisers due to the poor levels of phosphates in the soil, despite its status as a mjor exporter of grain.
Currently the country imports the majority of the phosphates from Africa.
“We’re hoping that we can start early next year and we’d be drilling rows of holes probably to about 50 metres depth and testing the rocks there," Tucker said.