Project 2: Coiled Tubing Drilling for Definition of Mineral Deposits
- Soren Soe (UniSA)
- Shane Fox (UniSA)
- Stuart Addinell (CSIRO)
- Ben van der Hoek (UniSA)
- HongYang Zhang (Curtin)
- George Chen (UniSA).
1 January 2019 - 31 December 2021
- Curtin University
- University of South Australia
- Anglo American
- LKAB Wassara
- South 32
Project 2 aims to develop existing Coiled Tubing (CT) drilling technology to be suitable for the discovery and definition of mineral deposits (including brownfields, resource definition drilling and greenfields drilling to depths of >500 m). The Deep Exploration Technologies CRC (DET CRC) has previously developed a CT Rig for greenfields mineral exploration, delivering a platform for low-cost, rapid, safe and environmentally-friendly drilling, meeting key technical challenges of coil durability, drilling hard rocks with low weight-on-bit and good sample fidelity. Project 2 aims to deliver additional capability to this CT drilling platform, which will enable it to access a much larger share of the drilling market. The research will deliver improved sample integrity, the precise location and steering of the drill bit, and increasing the reach of drilling.
Project 2 will be developed over three phases, the purpose of which is to enable MinEx to assess the ongoing progress of Project 2 in light of the other Projects, the developments in mineral exploration market and relevant CRC activities.