DET CRC technologies roll out on Australian Mineral Systems Drilling Program

April 27, 2016

The Mineral Systems Drilling Program (MSDP), a collaboration between DET CRC, the Geological Survey of South Australia, Kingston Resources and Minotaur Exploration, commenced drilling in July 2015 with cash and in-kind funding in excess of $7 million.
The program also involves DET CRC participants Boart Longyear drilling services and Imdex Limited, supporting its Lab-at-Rig® deployment.
By 31st October 2015, four diamond holes totalling 2,788 metres had been drilled in the Six Mile Hill area east of Port Augusta. Operations then shifted to Peltabinna, north of Wudinna, where a fifth hole (155 m at the time of reporting) was drilled.
DET CRC technologies used on the MSDP to date include the Lab-at-Rig® for diamond drilling (2,472 m), its fluid management system (1,259 m); the natural gamma version of the AutoSonde (1,718 m, plus 700 m in wire-line mode) and the Wireless Sub (821 m). AutoSonde with magnetic susceptibility and borehole seismic experiments will be deployed to the MSDP in the coming months.
The deployments are providing invaluable ‘metres-on-the-clock’ for these technologies and helping DET CRC commercialisation partners Imdex and Boart Longyear with pre-commercial development. A number of improvements to hardware and workflows have been implemented as a result of experience on the project.