2017 AGES labelled a success
The 18th AGES Conference has been labelled a success after wrapping up for another year.
The Territory’s premier exploration event was held at the Convention Centre in Alice Springs over the 28th and 29th of March and proved again to be a vital component of Government’s efforts to attract and support resources exploration.
Numbers were up this year with nearly 200 delegates from across the Australian resources industry attending the conference.
AGES saw the release of new geoscience information that aims to help make the Territory a more attractive place for industry to invest in exploration, by providing baseline datasets to highlight resource potential and lower exploration risk.
The 2017 highlights included ongoing release of data and interpretation from the diverse range of projects under NTGS’s Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration (CORE) initiative, presentations from industry on the latest technical insights from recent exploration programs and information on Geoscience Australia’s new Exploring for the Future program.
AGES also provided the backdrop for KGL Resources Limited’s to announce it has been granted major project status for its $190 million Jervois Base Metals Project, located 270km north-east of Alice Springs. The mine will produce copper concentrate and a lead/zinc concentrate. Construction on the project could begin as early as the end of next year, with an Environmental Impact Statement scheduled to be submitted early next year.
The emergence of potential mining projects for commodities such as lithium, vanadium and rare earths, which are used in high technology industries and battery storage, suggests the Territory is well placed to be a supplier of resources for the industries of the future.
This premier industry event is now a regular fixture on the resources industry calendar and is on track to again have strong attendance next year again to be held in March.