Department of State Development

Project snapshots

Since funding commenced in the 2013-14 financial year, the Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence (CoE) has led the development of a wide range of projects, forging a pathway for South Australia to become a national minerals and energy services hub. Included below are snapshots of projects that have progressed sufficiently to demonstrate tangible outcomes:

This project is establishing a Centre for Predictive Analytics in Adelaide capable of providing predictive analytics services to the resources industry globally.

Santos will transfer its knowledge of predictive analytics to IPACS and the University of South Australia.

Key project outcomes

  • Improved productivity of their oil and gas field assets.
  • As part of the project, the University of South Australia is establishing a course in predictive analytics in a new Master of Data Science program and a new predictive analytics research program.

Project partners

  • Santos
  • IPACS Australia
  • University of South Australia
Predictive Analytics – Final Report 21 Jan 2017
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Want to know more?

Contact Project Manager Susan Andrews
Phone +61 8 8303 2519
Email susan.andrews@sa.gov.au

 


IMPTEC, a local South Australian company has developed new super fine crushing technologies that can reduce grinding energy costs by 30 percent. Given 5 percent of global energy is consumed in ore grinding, the SFC is an excellent example of new technology to reduce costs, time and energy consumption to the global industry.

Key project outcomes

  • The construction and installation of the SFC technology at Hallett Concrete’s Dry Creek facility will be completed in January 2016.
  • IMPTEC has constructed and supplied a commercial laboratory scale superfine crusher unit and will begin marketing the product in 2016.
  • Direct employment of two FTE associated with the construction and ongoing development of the SFC.
  • Completion of commercial trials for national and international customers has created significant interest in the technology. Subsequently, IMPTEC have signed confidentiality agreements with multinational resource companies.

Project partners

  • BHP Billiton
  • Hallett Concrete

Want to know more?

Project Manager Lachlan Crowe
Phone + 61 8 8303 2247  
Email lachlan.crowe@sa.gov.au

 


Santos, Beach Energy and Senex Energy, in collaboration with the South Australian Government and TAFE SA have established a hub for onshore oil and gas training located at the Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) at Tonsley.

Key project outcomes

  • The facility provides an immersive simulated oil and gas production environment, including static equipment displays for demonstration and education purposes. The facility is used for technical training, including safety, environmental and sustainable operational principles and key maintenance activities.
  • Oil and gas companies, are using the facility even in a low oil price environment. During 2015, four consecutive training blocks were held with six to nine students in attendance from Santos, Beach Energy and Senex Energy.
  • TAFE SA, in conjunction with industry experts have developed a Commercialisation Plan, including new site training capabilities to ensure the facility and training curriculum remains industry relevant.

TAFE SA is developing the Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology with commencement of delivery scheduled for early 2016.

Project partners

  • Santos
  • Beach Energy
  • Senex Energy
  • TAFE SA
  • numerous South Australian oil and gas suppliers provided support for the build of the facility and development of training curriculum.

Want to know more?

Project Manager Merril Kirk
Phone +61 8 8463 6739
Email merril.kirk@sa.gov.au

 


As global resource deposits continue to reduce in grade and become increasingly remote in their location, mining companies are driven to look for efficiency and productivity improvements. Remote asset monitoring enables companies to perform traditional site functions in a dedicated remote facility, potentially thousands of kilometres away.

Key project outcomes

  • As an industry first, IPACS has established a commercial ROC at Technology Park, Mawson Lakes, that provides tailored specialised diagnostic services on an open software platform. The benefits of this approach provide mining companies with access to affordable remote monitoring solutions which meet individual requirements. Further indirect benefits include less reliance on site based personnel and the associated occupational health risks.
  • IPACS has employed five new FTE at the ROC and provided internships in Information Technology at the University of South Australia.
  • IPACS is in contract discussions with several listed mining companies in Australia and overseas.

Project partners

  • University of South Australia
  • HP
  • OSIsoft and their pilot customers
  • Lucas TCS/Arrium and Thiess/OZ Minerals.
Remote Operations Centre (ROC) Stage 1 – Final Report
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Remote Operations Centre (ROC) Stage 2 – Final Report
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Want to know more?

Contact Project Manager Susan Andrews
Phone +61 8 8303 2519
Email susan.andrews@sa.gov.au

 


In 2014, LAB SA, a civil construction material laboratory, identified an opportunity to diversify its core capabilities into the oil and gas sector by providing testing services for materials used during oil and gas well stimulation. In an effort to learn more, LAB SA joined a delegation (lead by the CoE) to Houston, Texas and was exposed to many of the techniques in the industry.

Key project outcomes

  • LAB SA has developed South Australia’s first proppant testing laboratory and as a result now provides local, high quality, cost effective proppant testing of local and imported silica proppants for the unconventional gas sector in accordance with international standards.
  • As a result of this new capability, a national silica sand supply chain has formed in South Australia, adding significant value to locally quarried material.  South Australia now supplies approximately 30 percent of sand proppant used in Queensland hydraulic fracture stimulation.
  • LAB SA continues to contribute to the development of the supply chain with companies looking to manufacture advanced proppants such as resin coated sand, or ceramics in South Australia.
  • By lowering the cost curve to do business in South Australia, LAB SA has also contributed to making the oil and gas industry more attractive for investors.

Project partner

  • American Petroleum Institute (API) certification

Want to know more?

Project Manager Paola Lagos
Phone +61 8 8303 2157
Email paola.lagos@sa.gov.au

 

Copper remains in high demand and continues to attract investment, globally[1]. BHP Billiton forecast copper to return to supply constraint within the decade[2]. To help develop the copper industry in South Australia, the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium aims to commercialise new safe and cost-effective methods to separate non-target metals from copper concentrates.

Key project outcomes

  • The Copper Uranium Transformation Hub has successfully initiated collaboration between two multinational copper companies and various research organisations with cash contributions of more than $6.7 million.
  • The Hub focusses on cost effective methods to reject radionuclides from copper concentrates derived from copper-uranium ores in South Australia. This will improve the quality and marketability of local copper concentrates and help to position Australia as a world-leader in copper production and processing technologies.
  • Further to the increased efficiency in production, the research and development associated with this project will develop new commercial capabilities within the state in mineralogy, mineral processing and sensor technology.

Project partners

  • BHP Billiton
  • OZ Minerals
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • University College London
  • The University of Queensland
  • Flinders University
  • Monash University

Want to know more?

Project Manager Lachlan Crowe
Phone +61 8 8303 2247  
Email lachlan.crowe@sa.gov.au

 

Due to the depth to mineralisation, the cost of exploration in South Australia can restrict or deter investment. The Real Time Drill Site project aims to reduce costs by providing a cloud-based platform to integrate, in real time, data generated at drill sites (in real-time) with vast volumes of external data from across the state and country to geologists remote from the drill site.

Key project outcomes

  • Progress has been achieved with the recent public demonstration of real time data from inside a drill hole in the Gawler Craton to a group of geologists in Adelaide.
  • Future work will include end-user defined alerts, two way communication, statistics and comparisons.
  • While commercialisation of this project is expected to be complex, the project team is confident it will be finished ahead of schedule in 2016.

Project partners

  • Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC)
  • Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • SRA
  • Data to Decisions CRC
  • Geological Survey of South Australia
Real Time Drill Site Final Report
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Want to know more?

Contact Project Manager Susan Andrews
Phone +61 8 8303 2519
Email susan.andrews@sa.gov.au

 

The WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff Advanced Modular Solutions (AMS) concept study has confirmed existence of global demand for advanced modular plant and equipment across multiple market sectors. The study highlights the opportunity for South Australia to position itself as a centre of excellence in high tech modular design that that innovates, designs, produces, supplies, installs and maintains AMS solutions for its clients throughout the full asset lifecycle. This project aims to diversify South Australia’s manufacturing capability by leveraging the existing manufacturing supply chain into new industry markets.

Key project outcomes

  • MIPO has worked closely with OZ Minerals to successfully negotiate a pilot project aimed at validating the AMS concept on the Carrapeteena mine.
  • The AMS study will be presented to Mr Andrew Cole, CEO of OZ Minerals on 15 March 2016.

Project partners

  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • OZ Minerals
  • Rex Minerals

Want to know more?

Project Manager Lachlan Crowe
Phone +61 8 8303 2247  
Email lachlan.crowe@sa.gov.au

 


Other projects

Further to the projects listed above, the CoE has supported various new development projects:

Development of a valuable Sinter Blend for South Australian iron ores. The aim of this project is to develop a feed for Asian iron ore smelters that increases the marketability of South Australian Hematite Magnetite blends.

Project partners

  • Arrium
  • University of South Australia

Want to know more?

Project Manager: Lachlan Crowe
Phone: 8303 2247  
Email: lachlan.crowe@sa.gov.au

 

To establish a new service, based in South Australia, to provide data analytics and machine-learning to support mineral process plant control and optimisation. The ‘virtual engineer’ service will be provided commercially to miners and mineral processing plant operators, to assist in day-to-day and long-term plant operations.

Project partners

  • CSIRO
  • Innodev
  • Thermo Fisher
Big Data improving the productivity of minerals processing – Final Report
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Want to know more?

Contact Project Manager Susan Andrews
Phone +61 8 8303 2519
Email susan.andrews@sa.gov.au

 

Investigate trace elements in Iron Oxides to improve mineral exploration and ore classification. This project will improve exploration success in locations such as South Australian where thick layers of overburden obscure exploration targets, reducing the cost of discovery.

Project partners

  • University of Adelaide
  • BHP Billiton

Want to know more?

Project Manager: Lachlan Crowe
Phone: 8303 2247  
Email: lachlan.crowe@sa.gov.au

 

Provision of an independent assessment of current best practices and quality assurance procedures in onshore oil and gas well cementing practices and review of the state of the art research to identify future enhancements.

Project partner

  • University of Adelaide

Want to know more?

Project Manager Bettina Venner
Phone +61 8 8303 2175
Email bettina.venner@sa.gov.au

 

Establish South Australia as the preferred state for the first commercial demonstration of Gamma Activation Analysis (GAA) in Australia. Working with Adelaide based organisations to develop robotics, safety and control systems.

Project partner

  • CSIRO

Want to know more?

Project Manager Paola Lagos
Phone +61 8 8303 2157
Email paola.lagos@sa.gov.au

 

The development and commercialisation of a cloud based IT platform enabling the planning, monitoring and reporting of approvals, obligations and compliance requirements for exploration, construction, operation and remediation activities for the resource sector.

Project partners

  • SRA
  • Rex Minerals
  • Resonate
  • COOE
Approvals, Obligations and Compliance (AOC) Project – White Paper – Final Report
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Want to know more?

Contact Project Manager Susan Andrews
Phone +61 8 8303 2519
Email susan.andrews@sa.gov.au

 

New high-quality magnetotelluric (MT) measurements across Olympic Dam and satellite deposits have revealed a striking geophysical signature of the deposits in the area. This project – will bring together academic research scientists, the South Australian government geological survey and scientists from companies exploring for, or developing mineral deposits in South Australia to create and test new MT geophysics techniques to improve exploration outcomes.

Project partner

  • University of Adelaide

Want to know more?

Project Manager Paola Lagos
Phone +61 8 8303 2157
Email paola.lagos@sa.gov.au

 

The CRC ORE was established to address the challenges of sustaining mining beyond periods of high commodity prices. At the University of Adelaide, the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Institute of Minerals and Energy Resources (IMER) are involved in two projects. The IPAS project will develop new technology for novel laser systems for mineral fingerprinting; the IMER project will develop new knowledge and resource models to enable selective mining by improving ore delineation and quantifying risk.

Project partner

  • University of Adelaide

Want to know more?

Project Manager Paola Lagos
Phone +61 8 8303 2157
Email paola.lagos@sa.gov.au

 


The CoE is part-funding this position which will consolidate and build on South Australia's world-class education and research capabilities in geostatistics and quantitative geology, an area which underpins research in many of the strategic areas for the development of mining. The University is pursuing industry partnerships and collaboration to ensure the program retains its pre-eminent position in the longer term.

Project Partner

  • University of Adelaide

Want to know more?

Project Manager Paul Goiak
Phone +61 8 8303 2465
Email paul.goiak@sa.gov.au