Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services

    Incentive Scheme rekindles diamond exploration in the Kimberley

    30/07/2018 7:00 AM
    • Perth company pegs eight tenements in WA's diamond 'hot spot'
    • Geological Survey of WA data helps target exploration  

    Cutting-edge geoscience, funded by the State Government's Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), has sparked new exploration for diamonds in Western Australia's Kimberley region.


    Junior explorers are using the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's Geological Survey of WA (GSWA) geoscience datasets and geological information to identify targets for diamond exploration.


    Perth-based DevEx Resources has applied for eight exploration licences, covering about 2700 sq km, between Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine and the former Ellendale mine in the south-west Kimberley.


    The resurgence of interest in the Kimberley follows the discovery of diamonds at Lucapa Diamond Company's Little Spring Creek prospect, and encouraging exploration by India Bore Diamond Holdings and POZ Minerals.


    The GSWA diamond prospectivity report, released earlier this year, helped DevEx target these exploration areas.


    This report contains data from more than 88,000 diamond exploration samples and 30,000 high-quality mineral chemical analyses.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "It's rewarding to see industry interest in Kimberley diamonds rekindled by geoscience funded by the Exploration Incentive Scheme.


    "This is a sterling example of how the Geological Survey of WA and the EIS are helping companies explore Western Australia's mineral riches.


    "New discoveries lead to new mines, which means more jobs for Western Australians, and job creation is the McGowan Government's number one priority."


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