Pioneer is an active exploration company and recent miner focused on key global demand-driven commodities.

Latest Annual Technical Report 22 October 2019

The Company holds a large tenement portfolio, prospective for lithium, nickel and gold, with projects strategically located close to major infrastructure corridors.

While being fully engaged in making the next high value, solid margin mineral discovery, Pioneer is committed to operating as a responsible corporate citizen.


In 2016 the Company embarked on its ‘critical’ metals’ strategy, driven by the awareness that supply of new technology commodities, such as lithium, nickel and cobalt, are key raw materials for use in the burgeoning clean energy and transportation markets, providing exciting new opportunities.

During 2016, the Company optioned the advanced Mavis Lithium Project in Ontario Canada, and commenced first pass exploration at the Pioneer Dome Project, with immediate success at both.

The Pioneer Dome Project has emerged as the Company’s Priority Project.

In late 2016 the Company discovered the Sinclair Caesium Deposit and brought it into production in 2018. By the end of 2019, the mine was complete and the caesium ore, pollucite, exported. This delivered a cash surplus to the Company of approximately $8 million.

In mid-2019 the Company announced the discovery of lithium (in the form of spodumene) at the Dome North Area, and in November 2019 the Company announced its maiden Inferred Resource for the Cade Lithium Deposit.

Lithium-Caesium-Tantalum Projects

Nickel Sulphides (and Lateritic Cobalt)

Western Australian greenstone belts host large nickel sulphide camps near Leinster, Kambalda, Widgiemooltha and more recently the Fraser Ranges.

Pioneer holds nickel sulphide prospects in highly prospective regions, including the suspended Blair Nickel Sulphide Mine, which closed in 2008 during a time of depressed nickel prices, having produced 1.26mt of nickel ore at 2.62% Ni.

The Company’s portfolio includes high quality alkali metal assets in Canada and WA, plus strategically located cobalt, gold and nickel projects in mining regions of Western Australia.

Nickel Sulphide Projects


Western Australia is world regarded as a gold producing location, and Pioneer has a portfolio of projects that have generally been of sufficient quality to attract earn-in joint venture partners, or the Company has retained a royalty when the project has been assigned.

Our Acra joint venture partner Northern Star Resources Limited continues to explore and advance Pioneer’s Acra project in the Eastern Goldfields, having earned a 75% interest in the Project.

The Kangan Gold Project in the western Pilbara is considered prospective for conglomerate-hosted gold deposits. The Project attracted one of Canada’s most innovative and well-funded gold exploration companies, Novo Resources Corp, and subsequently Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, with exploration activities driven by the key proponent of the Pilbara Conglomerate-Gold genesis model, Dr Quinton Hennigh.

Gold Projects

Strategy and Corporate Plan

The Company’s aim is to discover and develop high value mineral resources within the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia.

Build shareholder wealth

  • Generate capital growth initially through the discovery of new economic orebodies. With approximately 2,300 km2 of tenements to explore near Kalgoorlie and Kambalda Western Australia, Pioneer’s tenement portfolio is situated in a world-class gold and nickel province.
  • Undertake best practice exploration emphasising expeditious and cost-effective exploration campaigns on those targets most likely to generate mineable resources.
  • Leading to significant cash flow generation through exploration success from advanced stage targets.

Maximise project values

  • Use economic evaluations to ensure that targets identified have the capacity to deliver at a low cost position on the industry production cost curve. This means that Pioneer will target high-grade, high-value metal deposits.
  • Maintain an evolving list of projects from grass-roots exploration through to advanced resource drilling. Emerging projects will continually compete against more mature projects already in the Pioneer portfolio.

Create high-reward opportunities at limited risk

  • Build up large, continuous tenement holdings overlying endowed geological structures which will be attractive as development projects for future partners or project funders.
  • Manage the risk of its large tenement holding by continuing to enter into joint ventures. Pioneer will usually seek provision to be free-carried to the commencement of mining and a royalty option.

Operate as a responsible corporate citizen

  • Adhere to the highest standards of corporate governance.
  • Conduct operations in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Offer employment opportunities to those who live in the exploration project areas.
  • Respect the indigenous culture of the exploration provinces.
  • Promote social and economic development for the traditional custodians of Pioneer’s exploration projects.

December 2019