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New technology to boost greenfield projects

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Rio Tinto is to make laser mineral analysis technology available to junior explorers for free to boost mineral exploration in Australia. The technology was developed at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ore Deposit Science (CODES) at the University of Tasmania with Rio Tinto providing part of the financial support for the research.

The mining company has now adapted the technology for its Bundoora Research laboratories in Melbourne, where it has been tested on Rio Tinto mineral projects for the past two years.

“The fact that Rio, one of the largest global miners, has comprehensively adopted the technology for their exploration programmes and is now proposing to use this assist juniors companies to discover the next major ore deposit is testimony to the high quality and industry-relevent research carried out at the University of Tasmania,” said Prof. Bruce Gemmell, Director of CODES.

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