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Dr Steven Hill
South Australia Chief Government Geologist Director, Geological Survey of South Australia
SA Review and opening
Dr Steve Hill is Chief Government Geologist and Director of the Geological Survey of South Australia, where his role is to oversee and coordinate the Geological Survey’s research and generation and delivery of pre-competitive geoscience data. Before joining the Public Service in 2013, Dr Hill spent more than 20 years in academia at the University of Adelaide, University of Canberra and Australian National University.
Michael Schwarz Session 1: 9.00-9.15am
Northern Cobalt Project
Michael has over 20 years’ senior experience in mineral exploration spanning industry and government as a geologist and director of several exploration companies. Michael has extensive experience both at a senior corporate level and in the hands-on roles of a geologist. Michael has knowledge and experience in South Australian and Northern Territory geology and mineralisation styles and has led research projects with State Governments, Geoscience Australia and various universities.
The Wollogorang cobalt-nickel-copper (Co-Cu-Ni) project is located in the Northern Territory of Australia, adjacent to both the Queensland border and the Gulf of Carpentaria, located within the Wearyan Shelf tectonic element of the southeastern Palaeoproterozoic to Mesoproterozoic McArthur Basin. The discovery of breccia pipes hosting Co-Cu-Ni mineralisation at Stanton occurred in the late 1980’s. Mineralisation is interpreted to be largely controlled by stratigraphy within the flat lying interbedded sediment and volcanic rock units of the Proterozoic Gold Creek Volcanics. Brecciation and faulting has a strong control on the intensity and limits of mineralisation. In fresh rock the cobalt-nickel is located in disseminated siegenite (cobalt-nickel sulphide). Chalcocite and pyrite are also noted. Weathering to a variable depth of approximately 30m has resulted in cobalt oxide secondary mineralisation in a large proportion of the deposit.
Dr Christine Wawryk Session 1: 9.15-9.30am
Exploration Manager - Marmota Ltd
Chris Wawryk has recently joined Marmota Ltd after completing a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Adelaide. She has experience in exploration for a variety of commodities including orogenic gold and komatiite hosted nickel in the Yilgarn Craton, magmatic hosted nickel-copper in the Musgrave Province and gold in the Adelaide Rift Sequence. Chris is a Member of the AIG and is currently serving as Secretary of the Adelaide Branch of the AusIMM.
Marmota Ltd’s flagship project Aurora Tank in the Central Gawler Craton continued to return exciting gold grades during the 2017 drilling campaign. The Company is acquiring new geological data about the deposit through a diamond drill campaign aimed at understanding the structural controls on high grade intersections. Marmota continued with a program of regional calcrete sampling to further define drill targets.
Rob Rutherford Session 1: 9.30-9.45am
Red Metals in South Australia
Red Metal Limited is a junior base metal exploration company set-up to generate and drill test “Company and Country Making” Tier 1 target concepts in Australia. The company’s exploration portfolio is rich with mouth-watering “Big Base Metal” plays that stir the imagination of every good geologist.
Rob Rutherford is the MD of Red Metal and set the company up in 2003 after running Phelps Dodge’s Australian exploration effort for 8 years. He has close to 30 years exploration experience in a diversity of commodities, terrains and countries but is passionate about the discovery of giant base metal and gold in Australia.
Dr Tony Belperio Session 1: 9.45-10.00am
Executive Director - Minotaur Exploration Ltd
IOCG Exploration Advances South Australia and Cloncurry
Tony Belperio has an Honours Degree in Geology from The University of Adelaide and a PhD from James Cook University of North Queensland. He currently holds the position of Executive Director of Business Development with Minotaur Exploration, having previously held the positions of Chief Geologist and Director of Exploration with Minotaur. Tony played a key role in the exploration strategy and target selection that led to the Prominent Hill discovery in 2001 and the Artemis ISCG discovery in Queensland in 2014.
Intensive exploration for IOCG – related copper-gold in both the Gawler Craton and the Cloncurry District over the past 10 years has led to a greater appreciation of IOCG alteration and mineralisation styles. Extensive outcrop and shallow cover in the Cloncurry district has resulted in many more styles iron related mineralisation, including iron sulphide-, iron carbonate- and calcsilicate- alteration styles. Although the Gawler Craton remains the premier IOCG exploration address, there is much still to be uncovered by utilising other models hitherto largely overlooked. This presentation wil look critically at several such models and how they are being applied at the Prominent Hill joint venture project between Minotaur and Oz Minerals.
Laura Tyler Session 1: 10.00-10.15am
Chief of Staff & Head of Geoscience – BHP
Technology and uncertainty in geoscience
After starting her career in the British civil engineering industry, Laura moved into mining in 1994 and has since worked across three continents. Laura joined BHP in 2004 and was appointed Chief of Staff to the CEO in 2015. This role was made a member of the Executive Leadership Team in 2016.
Prior to joining BHP, Laura worked for Western Mining Corporation, Newcrest Mining and Mount Isa Mines in various technical and operational roles.
Now in the Office of the CEO at BHP, Laura draws on two decades of experience running company assets to work with senior executives on delivery of the company’s strategic plan.
Chris Drown Session 2: 11.00-11.15am
Managing Director - Andromeda Metals
In-situ copper recovery investigation - Moonta-Wallaroo district.
Chris is a geologist and the Managing Director of Andromeda Metals Limited. He is a member of the AusIMM, the AIG, the AICD and the GSA.
He studied geology at Macquarie University in Sydney and at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, graduating in 1984.
Chris worked in underground nickel mines at Kambalda in WA and the Hellyer Pb-Zn-Ag underground mine in western Tasmania before moving into exploration. He has explored for a range of commodities including gold, nickel, copper, lead-zinc-silver, iron ore, uranium and mineral sands in SA, NT, QLD, WA and VIC.
Chris was part of the team that discovered the Barns and Baggy Green gold deposits.
Andromeda Metals is in the early stages of investigating whether copper production using innovative in-situ recovery (ISR) methods may be possible for two copper deposits located on its Moonta Copper Gold Project tenement.
Copper mineralisation at the Bruce Zone at Alford West and at the Wombat deposit, located about three kilometres to the west, occurs in deep weathering troughs that extend hundreds of metres below the normal depth of weathering. Preliminary 3-D modelling for the weathering troughs at Bruce and Wombat has allowed estimation of an Exploration Target, indicating significant tonnage potential at copper grades comparable to those at international copper ISR projects.
The deposits display a number of mineralogical and hydrological parameters considered critical for an ISR operation. Copper bearing secondary mineral phases include chalcocite, tenorite (?), native coper and rare copper carbonates, and preliminary leach testwork confirms that a portion of the copper is soluble. Non-target lixiviant consuming mineral phases appear to effectively absent, the mineralisation is below the water table, and the fresh impermeable walls of the weathering troughs can act as aquicludes to contain lixiviant.
Dr Geoff Johnson Session 2: 11.15-11.30am
Exploration Manager - SIMEC Mining
Exploration Success in the Middleback Ranges
Geoff is a graduate of the University of Adelaide where he completed Honours and PhD degrees in geology. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science from Murdoch University.
Geoff is currently SIMEC Mining’s Exploration Manager with responsibility for exploration activities within the Gawler Craton. He has previously held Chief Geologist and Technical Director roles, and has >30 years multi-commodity resource industry experience in a wide variety of geological terrains in Australia and overseas.
Despite more than a hundred years of mining, the Middleback Ranges continues to yield exploration success. With a focus on good old fashioned boots on the ground, the use of high resolution geophysics and a commitment to drilling, the geological understanding of the complex Proterozoic terrane continues to grow. Together with an innovative approach to processing and the ability to beneficiate in a number of sites within the Middleback Ranges, further exploration success continues to be achieved.
Steve Johnston Session 2: 11.30-11.45am
Steve Johnston is Managing Director of Alliance Resources Limited. Steve is a geologist with more than 35 years’ exploration and mining experience within Australia for gold, base metals and uranium. He has been employed by Alliance since 2003 in varying capacities including as General Manager and CEO. Steve is a Corporate Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Society of Economic Geologist Inc.
Drilling by previous explorers at Wilcherry has identified significant mineralised systems within the Palaeoproterozoic metasediments which are intruded by Hiltaba Suite granites, responsible for widespread gold and base metal mineralisation in the Gawler Craton. Strong depletion of metals in the regolith and shallow transported cover over much of the project area represents an opportunity for an explorer using modern geophysics. Since Alliance acquired 51% of the Wilcherry Project in late 2016, the joint venture has spent more than $2 million on exploration including a regional helicopter borne electromagnetic survey, ground moving loop electromagnetic surveys, RC and diamond drilling.
Rohan Gleeson Session 2: 11.45-12.00 noon
Exploration Manager - Cu River Mining Australia
Cairn Hill Magnetite Mine
Rohan Gleeson is the Exploration Manager for Cu River Mining. He is a Geologist with 8 years experience in base and precious metals exploration. He studied Geology at the University of Sydney and University of Tasmania in Hobart and is a member of the AusIMM and SEG.
Rohan has worked across Australia and South East Asia, focusing on greenfields exploration through to Mine Development. He has worked across a range of commodities including, Cu-Au porphyry deposits of Northern Queensland, Mt Isa Pb-Zn deposits, Fe-Cr mineral sands in PNG, Zr mineral sands in WA and IOCG deposits in SA.
Cu River is in the process of expanding the Cairn Hill Magnetite Mine. Edge Definition drilling is underway targeting a resource of 25mt. Production is scheduled to start Q3 2018. Furthermore, Cu River is in the planning phase for a 75,000m drilling program to further define the Snaefell and Tomahawk Magnetite Deposits located south of Cairn Hill. Utilising a large database of historical drilling as well as extensive geophysics, Cu River plans to strategically define resources to ensure a consistent pipeline of projects moving towards production.
Dr John Parker Session 2: 12.00-12.15pm
Managing Director, Lincoln Minerals Limited
Dr Parker is a geologist and geophysicist with extensive knowledge of the geology, mineral deposits and mineralizing systems in the Gawler Craton in South Australia.
He was formerly Chief Geologist with the mapping branch of the SA Geological Survey where he initiated the GIS system that has now become SARIG but has spent the last 23 years in mineral exploration.
He is a former Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow where he studied Lake Superior-style banded iron formations at the Minnesota Geological Survey, and has made a major contribution to the identification and delineation of iron ore, graphite and other mineral resources on Eyre Peninsula.
Lincoln Minerals is in the final stages of getting approvals for its flagship high grade Kookaburra Gully Graphite Project on SA’s Eyre Peninsula. A Mining Lease was granted in 2016 and the Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR) was lodged in September 2017. Lincoln plans to commence development in 2018 with the aim of launching its maiden new-age graphite products in Q1 2019.
Larry Ingle Session 3: 1.30-1.45pm
General Manager - Iron Road Limited
Mr Ingle is a geologist, having graduated with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in geology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Mr Ingle has been General Manager with Iron Road since its inception in 2008 and has approximately 30 years’ experience in the resources and engineering industry in southern Africa and Australia. His work experience encompasses underground mining, tunnelling, quarrying, mineral exploration, project development and business improvement. He has held senior positions with various global companies such as LHPC (JV), Barrick Gold Corporation and Rio Tinto.
Iron Road Limited (ASX:IRD) is an Adelaide-based resources company and the developer of the US$4 billion Central Eyre Iron Project (CEIP) located on the central Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The proposed CEIP development comprises a magnetite mining and minerals processing operation, together with rail, power, water supply and deep sea port required to support the operation and provide the logistics chain to market. In early 2016 a strategic co-operation agreement was signed with China Railway Group Limited (CREC), Asia’s largest integrated construction group. This agreement includes a commercialisation programme with the aim to reach a Final Investment Decision (FID) by 2017. Government approvals for all CEIP components are expected by December 2016.
John Anderson Session 3: 1.45-2.00pm
Managing Director - Investigator Resources Ltd
Paris and porphyries
Managing Director of Investigator Resources since the Company’s listing in 2007, John is a successful minerals explorer of 40-years’ experience previously with Aberfoyle and MIM. He initiated an innovative research-based strategy in establishing Investigator’s resource opportunities in South Australia.
The presentation will include descriptions of:-
• The development pathway for the flagship Paris silver project northwest of Kimba
• Breakthrough targets for porphyry copper-gold of Olympic Dam age near Paris
• Re-invigoration of Tier 1 IOCG copper gold targets in the southern Olympic Dam belt
• A major geological reset with expanding potential for Archaean nickel and other metals.
David Christensen Session 3: 2.00-2.15pm
Managing Director - Renascor Resources
Siviour Graphite Deposit
David Christensen is an experienced mining executive, with significant experience managing exploration and mining operations. Prior to founding Renascor, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide-based companies, Heathgate Resources and Quasar Resource and President of Nuclear Fuels Corporation, a uranium marketing and trading company.
Discovered by Renascor in 2016, the Siviour Graphite Deposit has quickly grown into Australia’s largest graphite deposit and one of the largest graphite deposits in the world. Metallurgical test work on Siviour has demonstrated that Siviour can produce coarse flake concentrate at high grades, and thus deliver a high-quality basket of products to service both traditional industrial demand, as well as growing applications, such as lithium-ion batteries. Renascor has rapidly developed Siviour, and earlier this year released a scoping study that demonstrated Siviour’s potential to become a globally competitive graphite, with a project operating cost among the lowest in the world. Renascor is currently completing a pre-feasibility study, as well as investigating the potential to produce spherical graphite for sale into the lithium-ion battery sector.
Paul Wittwer Session 3: 2.15-2.30pm
Senior Project Geologist, WPG Resources Ltd
Paul Wittwer (BSc – Hons. in Geology) is a Geologist of 13 years’ experience in mining, resource development and exploration. He has worked in Archaean gold and copper terranes in SA & WA, low sulphidation epithermal systems (NSW, Thailand) and high sulphidation epithermal in Chile. He has had significant involvement in the Challenger Gold Mine and the associated exploration tenure spanning his career and has recently been primarily focused on the Tarcoola Gold Mine.
WPG Resources has had an active year with its integrated Challenger and Tarcoola Gold operations. Challenger is progressing well after some challenging issues during the year and significant exploration work has been completed and is ongoing. Tarcoola was successfully started up and the geology has become much clearer as a result of exposure in the open pit. A number of exploration opportunities are being tested at both operations to extend the mine life.
Dr Chris Giles Session 3: 2.30-2.45pm
Managing Director, Havilah Resources Limited
The Portia Gold Mine
Dr Chris Giles is an experienced exploration geologist having worked on exploration teams that have been directly responsible for the discovery of several operating gold mines in various parts of the world, including Indonesia, East Africa and Australia. He was jointly responsible for the formation of Havilah and the development and execution of the Company’s exploration and corporate strategy. Dr Giles is a resident of Adelaide and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Havilah Resources (ASX : HAV), has successfully financed and developed its first gold mine at Portia in north-eastern South Australia through an innovative revenue sharing arrangement with a local Broken Hill based mining contractor. Some 75 metres of barren Tertiary sand and clay overburden has been removed to expose a 2 metre thick light grey clay unit at the base of Tertiary, which contains high grade gravity recoverable gold. The east-dipping weathered bedrock below contains lower grade free gold over significant widths as vein / bedding replacement style mineralisation, and its limits are yet to be defined by drilling.
Dr Andrea Marsland-Smith Session 4: 3.30-3.45pm
Operations Manager, Heathgate Resources
Frome Basin ISR Uranium Mining Operations
Dr Andrea Marsland-Smith is a geologist with 25 years industry experience with the last 15 years being involved in the uranium exploration and mining and in various senior roles. Currently, she is Operations Manager for Heathgate Resources overseeing ISR uranium mining operations in the Frome Basin, South Australia.
Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd (Heathgate) is based in Adelaide and in 1990 purchased the Beverley Uranium Mine located 550 km north of Adelaide in the Frome Basin. It took 10 years to get the project into production which commenced in 2000. It was Australia’s first In-Situ Recovery (ISR) uranium mining operation. Since 2000, the operations in the Frome Basin have incrementally expanded as a result of continued commitment to exploration in the region which now include the Beverley North and Four Mile Uranium Mines.
The Four Mile project currently provides jobs for about 285 employees and contractors. At least 20% of site, non-professional employees are also Adnyamathanha. The Company has over 15 years of technical experience and expertise in ISR operations, State and Commonwealth regulation and best practice in environmental and radiation monitoring and management.
This presentation provides an update on the current ISR mining operations, breakthroughs, challenges and future plans for the further development of uranium resources in the region.
Andrew Cole Session 4: 3.45-4.00pm
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Oz Minerals
Andrew has over 21 years’ experience in exploration and operations in the resources industry. Following exploration geoscientist roles in Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico with Rio Tinto Exploration (CRA and Kennecott), Andrew spent 10 years in mine development and mine operations with Rio Tinto in Australia, China, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium in 2013, responsible for the leadership of more than 5,000 employees across four operating sites based out of Montreal.
Andrew is particularly passionate about leading and developing people, creating safe workplaces and driving continuous improvement. Andrew was appointed to Managing Director and CEO of OZ Minerals in 2014.
Kathy Ehrig Session 4: 4.00-4.30pm
Principal Geometallurgist, BHP Billiton Olympic Dam
Olympic Dam Geology - new insights
Kathy is a geologist with over 30 years experience in the geothermal and mining industries. She has worked at Olympic Dam in a variety of roles since 1992 which have focussed on unravelling the genesis of the Olympic Dam Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit while providing mineralogical support to the onsite processing facilities. She leads the geometallurgical team who developed the relationships which express process performance as a function of mineralogy and chemical composition.
Geological drilling, logging, mapping and research continue. Learn about our latest results and new insights on the timing of mineralization.
Q & A Session
Chaired by Derek Carter