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Mineral exploration in South Australia

Commodity highlights and achievements.

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Mineral exploration in South Australia 2017: commodity report (PDF 25 MB) summarises key industry and government achievements that continue to contribute to the discovery, resource definition and development of mineral deposits in this resource-rich state.

Appealing to a broad range of stakeholders, it includes:

  • mineral resources and production for major mines and developing projects by commodity
  • detailed company exploration data releases, outlining successful discovery of a diverse range of mineral commodities
  • comprehensive statistical analysis of mineral exploration expenditure in South Australia
  • an overview of the opportunities for investors.

With opportunities in exploration, and across the minerals value chain, South Australia provides a destination to invest in sustainable resource development to meet the needs of our shared future.

2017 overview

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The state’s significant copper inventory continued to deliver benefits with OZ Minerals $916 million Carrapateena copper–gold deposit under construction, and completion of BHP’s $350 million smelter upgrade at the Olympic Dam mine.

Copper attracted the largest share of exploration investment in 2017, however, there were significant discoveries and resource upgrades reported across all commodities, with standout results in gold, uranium and graphite.

Emerging cobalt projects and graphite resources including Siviour, Australia’s largest deposit, are presenting opportunities to supply new technology markets such as battery storage.

In recognition of the value of laying the foundations for exploration success by engaging early in conversations and collaboration, a program to build deeper relationships between Aboriginal communities, explorers and government commenced.

The Geological Survey of South Australia’s Top 10 showcases 2017 achievements across a range of geoscientific and collaborative projects.

Download the report (PDF 25 MB)

– Peta Abbot

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