Core Library boost for resource sector
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.