A new $4.8 million Queensland Government drill core facility being built in Mount Isa will store up to 700 kilometres of rock samples and help boost mining exploration in the region.
Construction has started on the purpose-built facility on a two hectare site in Killara Crescent near the Mount Isa Airport.
The drill core facility is being built by locally-based firm Epoca Constructions Pty Ltd and is expected to open for business in mid 2010.
The purpose-built Mount Isa facility will house the most comprehensive collection of metalliferous drill core samples in Queensland.
It will have the capacity to hold about 5000 pallets of diamond drill core – the equivalent of 600 to 700 kilometres of linear drilling.
The Mount Isa drill core collection will contain examples of mineral deposits and styles of mineralisation, regionally significant geological reference material, deep holes in isolated locations that were very expensive to collect, and material to assist in determining the potential for future emerging industries such as geothermal energy.
Metalliferous drill core currently stored in the Queensland Government’s Exploration Data Centre in Brisbane and at Charters Towers will be also be relocated to the new Mount Isa facility.