AMC sponsors the South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference 2016
The South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference (SAEMC) is certainly a highlight on the Australian mining and exploration calendar. The 13th SAEMC was held in Adelaide on 2 December 2016, and AMC Consultants was proud to sponsor a technical session, as well as the conference lunch.
This conference is jointly arranged by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the Geological Society of Australia (GSA), the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and the Australian Institute of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG). Representatives of the South Australian Department of State Development and the University of Adelaide also support the organising committee. The conference provides an opportunity for explorers and miners to present updates on their activities to peers and conference delegates.
The 2016 organising committee was again chaired by Dr Kevin Wills, who was awarded the 2017 AusIMM Minerals Sector Service Award in recognition of his long-standing commitment to making the conference such a great success.
With attendance regularly around 700 delegates, the conference delegates and presenters represent a “who’s-who” of the South Australian mining industry. For a very modest registration fee (from $160 per person last year), delegates are treated to a well-catered full day of technical presentations and networking opportunities that provide a comprehensive overview of the South Australian mining industry. It is also a very good barometer of the state of the mining industry, and if the atmosphere at the conference last year was anything to go by, 2017 promises to provide some great opportunities in the South Australian mining sector.
Figure 1 – Dr John Parker (MD Lincoln Minerals) presents an update on the Kookaburra Gully graphite project
The session sponsored by AMC was titled “Mature Exploration Projects” and included presentations by Chris Drown of Adelaide Resources, Bruno Seneque of Tyranna Resources, Kevin Wills of Marmota Limited, Steve Sheddon of Torrens Mining, John Anderson of Investigator Resources, and Gavin England of Magnetite Mines. Of these, it seems that Investigator Resources’ Paris Silver project on the northern Eyre Peninsula has been receiving the most attention recently.
Investigator Resources announced an Inferred Mineral Resource of 8.8 Mt at 116 g/t silver, containing 33 Moz of silver at a 50 g/t cut-off grade for the Paris Silver project. The company intends to complete a pre-feasibility study for the project by mid-2017. More recently the company identified a large porphyry copper system 5 km from the Paris Silver deposit.
Other conference sessions included “Early Stage Exploration Projects”, “Feasibility Studies”, and “Mines”.
Of particular interest was a presentation by Lincoln Minerals’ Managing Director, Dr John Parker, on the Kookaburra Gully graphite project (Figure 1), with which AMC has had a long involvement. The Kookaburra Gully graphite deposit is located on the southern Eyre Peninsula, near Port Lincoln. In 2013 Lincoln announced an Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource of 2.2 Mt at 15.1% total graphitic carbon for Kookaburra Gully.
OZ Minerals Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Andrew Cole, presented an overview of OZ Minerals and some of its projects. Its flagship project is the Carrapateena copper-gold project in South Australia. AMC recently completed the mining components of the pre-feasibility study for OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena project.
The SAEMC programme comprised 22 presentations, including an opening address by Dr Ted Tyne, Executive Director, Mineral Resources, South Australian Department of State Development. The conference concluded with a very engaging question-and-answer session, chaired by Derek Carter, and followed by network drinks and canapés.
Figure 2 – Mr Joe Ranford (GM and Chief Technical Officer at Terramin) presents an update on the Bird-in-Hand gold project in the Adelaide Hills
Johann van Wijk
General Manager, Adelaide / Principal Geotechnical Engineer