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Orexplore’s GeoCore X10 to start scanning core at Wiluna Mining gold operation

Orexplore Technologies says it has signed a binding agreement with Wiluna Mining Corp to deliver site-based drill core scanning services for the ASX-listed gold miner at its namesake operation in Western Australia.

The globally focused mineral scanning technology company says the purchase order is valued at A$170,000 ($127,418) and covers a two-month agreement for the scanning and analysis of circa-2,000 m of NQ core on-site. This work, Orexplore says, will support the current exploration drill campaign activities.

Subject to site conditions and the campaign status, additional core quantities may be added to the scanning program to be determined by Wiluna.

Orexplore will deploy to site a self-sustained containerised unit using the in-field GeoCore X10® platform and the Orexplore Insight analysis software. The company will also deploy to site a scanning technician to operate the unit and effectively integrate it into the site workflows.

The significance of the agreement is that it represents a fully commercial site deployment of Orexplore’s exploration value proposition that delivers improved rapid decision making from near-real-time field-based core analysis that seeks to deliver time and cost savings across exploration programs, Orexplore said.

Orexplore’s technology platform comprises its field sensing GeoCore X10 product that extracts information from drilled core potentially hours after its extraction. GeoCore X10 is the result of over 20 years of X-ray research, algorithm development and sensor technology, offering non-destructive measurements and no drill core preparation ahead of time.

The Orexplore Insight software then connects geological decision makers anywhere in the world to analyse and interpret results to accelerate decision making, the company said.

Orexplore’s Managing Director, Brett Giroud, said: “We are extremely pleased to collaborate with Wiluna Mining as they leverage technology to increase exploration value. This agreement further confirms the increasing demand for operators to receive fast, in-field information from drilling that is fit for purpose and highly targeted towards improving dynamic exploration decision speed and quality.”

He added: “The in-field deployment of the patented GeoCoreX10 technology that combines high resolution 3D tomography with a large range of detected elements is a unique combination for the mining sector. The deployment at Wiluna, in conjunction with their exploration drilling, further supports Orexplore’s strategy and vision, and we look forward to delivering value to Wiluna.”

To date, Wiluna Mining has outlined 5.53 Moz of resources and 1.29 Moz of reserves within a 1,600 sq.km tenement package in the Northern Goldfields of Western Australia. The company, last week, said it had produced 3,855 t of gold concentrate since ramp-up (7,800 oz) at an average grade of 69.9 g/t, while three shipments and 4,488 oz of gold had been dispatched.

Orexplore ready to build global technology company following ASX debut

Orexplore Technologies has commenced trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), following its demerger from Swick Mining Services Limited.

As part of this process, the company raised A$2.44 million ($1.76 million) at A$0.25 per share from existing Swick shareholders through a priority offer of shares, in addition to the A$12 million seed funding amount through the Swick demerger.

The demerger and listing will allow the mineral scanning technology company to accelerate its business and technology strategies, focused on the commercialisation of its technology platform through targeted customer “value propositions” across the mining value chain, it said.

Established in Sweden in 2010, and headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, the company is focused on accelerating market traction, and advancing the commercialisation of its non-destructive core-scanning technology across the mining value chain. Its flagship offering, the field-based core sensing GeoCore X10® product and remote Orexplore Insight software, enables a very rapid “drilled to insight” duration, connecting geological decision makers anywhere in the world to drilled core from exploration and deposits potentially hours after extraction, according to the company. GeoCore X10, specifically, is a transportable X-ray rock mass scanning technology that converts drill core samples into a 3D dataset to provide a “through the rock” image of internal structures and texture in addition to elemental detections and density.

With its strong research and development capability, Orexplore is actively advancing the existing hardware and software technologies to bolster its competitive IP portfolio, with research and development remaining critical to the business, it said.

Swick Mining Services has been looking to spinoff this unit since late 2020 following a strategic review.

Orexplore is seeking to capitalise on its research and development program and fleet of 12 GeoCore units, as it looks to capture opportunities across the global mineral sensing and analysis market. Orexplore GeoCore X10 units are currently being trialled at customer sites and the company’s laboratories across Western Australia and Europe, with company continuing to advance its customer collaborations and engagements.

Orexplore’s Chair, Dr Alan Bye, said: “Resource characterisation is fundamental to the success of exploration, extraction and mine closure. The mining industry is adopting digital sensors and analytics to improve productivity and Orexplore has the potential to add significant value to mining exploration and operations. We are excited to become a listed company and thank our shareholders for their support.”

Orexplore’s Managing Director, Brett Giroud, said: “We are fortunate to be building on a strong base of advanced research and development from our origins in Stockholm. With a healthy balance sheet, a rapidly advancing technology platform, and a highly skilled team, we are well positioned to create shareholder value as we aim to build a global technology company.”

Jason Marinko to lead new Orexplore Technologies business

Swick Mining Services has appointed Jason Marinko as Managing Director of Swick’s Mineral Technology Business as a key step along the pathway to demerge Swick’s Drilling Business and Mineral Technology Business, the latter of which will operate under the new company name of Orexplore Technologies Ltd.

Marinko is an experienced public company CEO, Chairman and Company Director, with expertise in the technology and investment banking industries and a proven track record in leading technologies to commercialisation, Swick says. This includes a stint as Executive Chairman of geospatial imagery company Spookfish, where he oversaw its ASX-listing and growth before leading negotiations with North America’s largest aerial imagery and data analytics company, EagleView Technologies Inc, that resulted in a successful takeover of Spookfish.

He also has extensive corporate finance experience as associate director at Perth-based firms Azure Capital and Euroz Securities.

Marinko complements Orexplore’s highly credible management team, which has expert capabilities covering the whole breadth of the business from theoretical physics, manufacturing, software engineering to operations, the company says.

Swick Managing Director, Kent Swick, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce Jason as Managing Director of Orexplore Technologies. I believe the wealth of experience that he brings in managing listed companies, combined with his extensive technology and financial expertise both in Australia and overseas, will provide significant benefits to Orexplore as it moves to demerge from Swick and beyond.

“Swick has made significant progress along the Orexplore journey since our first investment in 2013 initially funding R&D, consolidating the ownership to 100% in 2017 and continuing to support Orexplore to develop the technology it has today. Orexplore is progressing its commercialisation pathway and can now move to address a large potential market for the product. I am confident Jason will be able to navigate the opportunity that lies ahead and look forward to working alongside him.”

Marinko commented: “I am excited to be leading Orexplore’s highly talented team in Australia and Sweden into the next stage of its growth. A decade of pioneering research, development and investment in Orexplore’s unique and disruptive technology that enables fast, accurate, three dimensional non-destructive core analysis has created significant opportunities in the brownfield drilling market that are ready to be realised and I look forward to driving its commercialisation and delivering value to Swick shareholders.”

Commercialisation of Orexplore has gathered momentum with an agreement secured in August 2020 with St Barbara Limited. Under this agreement, approximately 1,500 m/mth of core will be scanned over a six-month period at the Gwalia mine in Leonora, for a total value of approximately A$700,000 ($505,724). The GeoCore X10 instruments will be mobilised to site during this month, with Orexplore Technologies working towards ensuring the value is extracted from the rich 3D data set and adding long-term value beyond the initial six-month period, it said.