Core Li­brary boost for re­source sec­tor

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE State Gov­ern­ment’s $7.3 mil­lion ex­ten­sion of the Perth Core Li­brary in Carlisle has been wel­comed as a boost to the re­source sec­tor.

The Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum fa­cil­ity stores drill core sam­ples that can be stud­ied by re­searchers and ex­plor­ers seeking new petroleum and min­eral dis­cov­er­ies.

The pre­vi­ous ca­pac­ity of more than 8500 pal­lets of core has been al­most dou­bled to 15,300 pal­lets.

The world-class fa­cil­ity has a new cov­ered view­ing area that pro­vides con­fi­den­tial­ity and a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled area to house the HyLog­ger spec­tral scanner used to an­a­lyse drill core.

Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of WA (GSWA) act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Don Flint said this pre­vented the li­brary from run­ning out of room for core sam­ples af­ter a mas­sive in­crease in sup­ply in re­cent years.

The sur­plus was due largely to the State Gov­ern­ment’s Ex­plo­ration In­cen­tive Scheme’s Co-Funded Drilling Pro­gram.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved in this project de­serves con­grat­u­la­tions for bring­ing it in on time and on bud­get,” he said.

“A 300 per cent in­crease in wait­ing times to view core has been a prob­lem in the past 10 years, but this sit­u­a­tion will be markedly im­proved by the up­grade.

“This is a red-let­ter day for GSWA, the re­sources sec­tor and academia that cel­e­brates the guar­an­tee of the core li­brary’s con­tin­u­ing in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to geo­science and min­eral and petroleum ex­plo­ration in WA.”

Mines and Petroleum Min­is­ter Sean L’Es­trange said the li­brary was a vi­tal re­source for ge­ol­o­gists, other sci­en­tists and any­body who was in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing for min­er­als and re­sources in WA.

“The li­brary con­tin­ues to ex­pand and this $7.3 mil­lion ex­ten­sion en­ables us to add new min­ing ex­plo­ration sam­ples to the col­lec­tion,” he said.

Mr L’Es­trange said the added ca­pac­ity and space would re­duce cur­rent wait­ing times and make it eas­ier to ac­cess the core sam­ples.

“The pre-com­pet­i­tive geo­science in­for­ma­tion pro­vided through the li­brary pro­motes the min­eral and en­ergy prospec­tiv­ity of the state, and en­cour­ages in­no­va­tive re­search and more tar­geted, low­er­cost ex­plo­ration for min­eral and petroleum re­sources,” he said.

Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum’s Rick Roger­son, Mines and Petroleum Min­is­ter Sean L’Es­trange, Na­tional Off­shore Petroleum Ti­tles Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Graeme Wa­ters, GSWA’s Don Flint and the depart­ment’s Tim Grif­fin.

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