Perth-based mineral scanning technology company Orexplore Technologies will deliver site-based drill-core scanning services for Wiluna Mining at its namesake gold operation in Western Australia as part of a $170,000 purchase order agreement.
The scope of the initial field deployment is focused on the scanning and analysis of a minimum commitment of 2000 metres of scanned core on-site and delivered across a period of approximately two months.
Subject to site conditions and the campaign status, additional core quantities may be added to the scanning program to be determined by Wiluna.
Orexplore’s Technology Platform comprises its field sensing GeoCore X10 product that extracts information from drilled core potentially hours after its extraction.
The Orexplore Insight software then connects geological decision-makers anywhere in the world in near real time to analyse and interpret results to accelerate decision making.
Orexplore managing director Brett Giroud said he is extremely pleased to collaborate with Wiluna Mining as it leverages technology to increase exploration value.
“This agreement further confirms the increasing demand for operators to receive fast, in-field information from drilling, that is fit for purpose, and highly targeted towards improving dynamic exploration decision speed and quality,” he said.
“The in-field deployment of the patented GeoCoreX10 technology that combines high-resolution 3D tomography with a large range of detected elements is a unique combination for the mining sector.
“The deployment at Wiluna in conjunction with their exploration drilling further supports Orexplore’s strategy and vision, and we look forward to delivering value to Wiluna.”
Giroud said 2021 was a transformational year for Orexplore as the company configured the business to accelerate its commercialisation phase.
“We are excited about 2022 as our year of traction, where we seek to demonstrate the broadening adoption of our value propositions with our customers in the field,” he said.
“From exploration decision support, operational assay efficiency optimisation, and ore sorting, through to potential grade control applications, we are well-positioned to create added benefits to our customers.
“Delivering information rapidly, in the field, and connecting our customers’ best decision-makers to their assets and geology in near real-time represents a transformational opportunity for the industry.”
Orexplore will deploy to site a self-sustained containerised unit using the in-field GeoCore X10 platform and the Orexplore Insight analysis software.
The company will also deploy a scanning technician to site to operate the unit and effectively integrate it into the site workflows.