Successful 2018 AGES wraps up

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Presentations and abstracts from the 2018 Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) are now available on the Resourcing the Territory website.

More than 200 delegates attended this year’s AGES – the Territory’s premier geoscience exploration event where industry, government and university researchers come together to share the latest geoscience and exploration data.

AGES is a key element of the government’s efforts to attract and support resources exploration by providing state of the art geoscience information and data to stimulating exploration activity.

Opening the conference, Executive Director Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) Ian Scrimgeour told delegates that the mineral exploration in the Territory began to recover during 2017 after a prolonged downturn, with an increase in greenfields exploration and reported on-ground activity.

$90 million was spent on resources exploration in the Northern Territory during 2017, the highest since 2012.

Across the two days of the conference, attendees heard presentations from mining, exploration and energy companies, the Northern Land Council, CSIRO, the University of Adelaide and Geoscience Australia.

Presentations from NTGS geologists covered work being undertaken through the Creating Opportunity for Resources Exploration (CORE) initiative, which is transforming the knowledge of the geology of the Northern Territory in key areas.

Geoscience Australia released the first major results from the South Nicholson seismic survey, part of the $100.5 million Exploring for the Future (EFTF) initiative, which found that the area of prospectivity in the South Nicholson Basin is more than three times larger than previously thought.

The South Nicholson Basin spans 43,000 square kilometres on the Northern Territory – Queensland border from the southern McArthur Basin to northern Mt Isa western succession.

DPIR Deputy Chief Executive Rod Applegate congratulated the NTGS team on putting together another highly successful AGES conference.

“It’s a credit to everyone from NTGS involved in organising AGES that they continue to put on such a high quality event each year, at an affordable cost, that attracts the key players in the exploration sector across Australia,” Mr Applegate said.

AGES was held in conjunction with the Mining Services Expo, which saw 40 service and supply companies, and government and educational organisations promote their skills and ability to service the resources sector in the Territory.

For more information about AGES 2018, go to the Resourcing the Territory website.

Delegates look at posters at the 2018 AGES conference

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