The South Australian Government's $20 million PACE Copper initiative is focused on capturing precompetitive data with the aim of bringing forward mineral discoveries in the state
PACE Copper's comprehensive program of regional geoscience investigations and collaborative industry partnerships are designed to set the foundations for the next generation of resources industry growth and job creation in the services, supply and manufacturing sectors.
PACE Copper is a critical component of South Australia's Copper Strategy, committed to tripling the state's annual copper production by 2030 and supporting Australia's elevation to the third largest copper producer globally. The initiative plays a vital role in driving the exploration investment and discovery of the new high-quality resources required to meet South Australia's Copper production goal of one million tonnes a year by 2030.
Accelerating exploration, discovery and information is a key theme of the Copper Strategy and the core challenge of PACE Copper. The new research, technical innovations and contemporary datasets delivered through PACE Copper will underpin new exploration efforts for the discovery of the next generation of South Australia's world-class mineral projects.
More specifically PACE Copper will:
- Deliver the world's largest high-resolution, airborne geophysical and terrain imaging program to rejuvenate exploration in South Australia's Copper Belt.
- Encourage industry and government collaboration on new drilling targets.
- Provide world-class data and analysis for the untouched minerals province in the state's Far West that will result in a major regional drilling program.
- Aim to generate more than $400 million in private mineral exploration return for the state and create and retain up to 1000 direct and indirect jobs within the minerals industry and services sector.
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PACE Copper Programs
Next Generation Copper Discovery Program
World's largest, high-resolution airborne geophysical and terrain imaging program as part of a 'regeneration' of exploration in the Gawler Craton.
Mapping cover across the Olympic Domain south of Olympic Dam using airborne electromagnetics to tie in with the Olympic Domain magnetotellurics project.
Mapping beneath the Olympic Domain to characterise the mineral systems along the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton.
Unlocking new understanding of mineral systems in the northern Eyre Peninsula and trial new technologies for more effective mineral exploration through cover.
Three-dimensional geophysical model defining the geological setting of whole of South Australia to help explorers make more informed exploration decisions and bring forward new mineral discoveries.
Investigate new ways of processing geophysical data to see through cover and better understand the depth to the basement geology.
PACE Discovery Drilling 2016
Collaborative program of direct government investment in company exploration programs to bring forward new mineral discoveries.
Far West Discovery Program
Detailed regional gravity survey to help determine the structure, geology and prospectivity of the basement geology beneath the Nullarbor Plains.
Regional stratigraphic drilling program to obtain new core samples from the greenfield frontier basement beneath the covered Nullarbor Plains
Trialling new and existing geophysical techniques to determine depth to basement and cover types in the covered far west of South Australia.
Regional 5 km spaced Airborne Electromagnetic survey to map cover types and thickness over the prospective Fowler and western Christie Domains of the western Gawler Craton.
Regional geochemical and biogeochemical surveys to provide a new generation of mineral exploration targets in covered terrain.
For more information, contact:
General Manager – Geoscience Initiatives (PACE)
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Level 4, 101 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8463 3159