David Mason has a broad mining, business and corporate background achieved through working in the resources and mining industry for almost 40 years throughout Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Africa. David is the Manager Director of Dark Horse Resources (ASX:DHR), a mineral resource company developing lithium and gold projects in Argentina. Prior to this, David was an Executive Director of Intra Energy Corporation Limited (ASX:IEC), a mining and energy developer in East Africa. David has had roles as Managing Director of Overseas & General Limited (ASX:OGL) an Indonesian mining company, Operations Director of Haddington Resources (now Altura Mining, ASX:AJM) a lithium spodumene producer, and General Manager of the Swabara Group, which developed the Adaro Indonesia coal mine, the MHU coal mine, a suite of Indonesian exploration assets and mining service companies, and was involved in the early planning of the 1260MW Paiton Power Station. David holds a BSc (Hons) and a PGradDipBA from UQ and an MBA from USQ. He is a Fellow of the AusIMM (CP Mgt), a member of AICD and Chairman of the Australia-Argentina Business Council.
Pegmatites have been exploited in central Argentina for many years, primarily for the production of feldspars and quartz for the ceramics industry. With the recent world demand for lithium batteries, spodumene has become an important source of lithium supplementing the traditional lithium brines, which are located in northern Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Recent exploration of these central Argentine pegmatites by a number of domestic and international firms has shown the presence of significant spodumene. These resources are being proven with the intention of developing spodumene concentrate and lithium hydroxide products for export and future domestic consumption. Dark Horse holds extensive exploration and mining licenses in Cordoba and San Luis and is rapidly advancing the properties to enable first production in 2019.