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Project name: Mineral Systems Drilling Extension
Project leader: Adrian Fabris
Project group: Luke Tylkowski
John Brennan
Program: Next Generation Copper Discovery Program


The Mineral Systems Drilling Program (MSDP) is an innovative PACE program that forms part of the South Australian Government’s approach to unlock the full potential of South Australia’s resources.

The MSDP focused on unlocking new understanding of mineral systems under cover in the northern Eyre Peninsula and incorporated trials of new technologies being developed by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) for more effective mineral exploration beneath cover.

This collaborative drill program, managed by Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA), has returned key outcomes for South Australia. These include proof-of-concept of a new exploration model that opens up additional exploration space in South Australia, supporting the development of transformational technologies for the exploration industry and providing considerable new understanding of the geology along the southern margin of the Gawler Range Volcanics (GRV).

In collaboration with DET CRC, Kingston Resources, Minotaur Exploration, research institutes and the service sector, the GSSA, through the PACE Frontiers initiative, carried out a regional drill program to map mineral systems under cover and trial DET CRC technology. This collaboration saw the use of DET CRC technology to enable real-time geochemical, mineralogical and geophysical data collection and facilitate near real-time decision making.

The MSDP was a cornerstone project of PACE Frontiers which saw the South Australian Government invest $2.0 miliion in a 14 hole and ~8,000 metres drilling program that ran from August 2015 to April 2016. The program partners included the GSSA, DET CRC, two mineral exploration companies, five supplier companies and three research organisations.

PACE Copper contributed a further $500,000 to the MSDP to retain key technologies at the drill site for the entire program as well as complete a number of holes investigating the western Gawler Range Volcanics.

In total, the MSDP leveraged a $2.5 million PACE funding contribution into an ~$8 million cash and in-kind program that utilised in excess of 100 South Australian-based suppliers (DET CRC, May 2016).

MSDP news and updates

Schedule for information and product delivery

Brochure – Project summaryJuly 2016
Brochure – Project highlightsAugust 2016
Web accessible video series - MSDP video seriesAugust 2016
Industry information session - MSDP Open DayAugust 2016
Report Book - MSDP drilling reportingNovember 2016