Several Australian State Governments, as well as international mining jurisdictions, have recently made announcements for land releases that support exploration and discovery pipelines.
IMARC’s Founding Partner, the Victorian Government, as recent as March 2022, released 11,000 square kilometres of its Stavely land release, providing an opportunity for industry exploration for rare earths and copper. Like many similar announcements in Australia, the USA, Canada, and parts of Europe, this aligns with the critical and future facing minerals strategies of Governments, whereby such commodities are used in renewable energy such as wind turbine magnets and batteries.
This, coupled with strong commodity prices, and plenty of projects in development and production phases, are showcasing opportunities for the sector and positively changing the risk-appetite of investors. There was also a surge in mineral exploration activity in Australia in 2021 with exploration expenditure totalling $3.6 billion, up 28% from the previous year.
However, while there may be a greater number of opportunities available, success in exploration and discovery remains difficult due to depth and location. Not to mention cultural heritage, ESG and community considerations, where applicable, as well as the challenge of attracting the next wave of talent in this discipline.
Supporting innovation in exploration and discovery, such as the adoption of machine learning, targeting AI, and the use of drones, continues to assist with this.
This year’s IMARC features a dedicated three-day conference focused on Investing in Exploration and Project Developments which will showcase more than 100 projects and discuss:
Investors will walk away from these discussions with real insights into commodity trends that can shape their investment strategy. From listening to a range of project spotlights from more than 100 mining and energy companies, investors can expect to understand management’s vision for the business, the level of financing required, the upsides as well as the risks involved with the project, along with some of the most compelling reasons to invest.
Miners and explorers will gain insights into investment and financing challenges and opportunities, as well as what they can do to make their projects more attractive to investors, including the role ESG plays in their story.
The related sessions will also include numerous announcements for exploratio
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