Construction commences on Australia’s biggest drill core facility

Core stacked in shelving at the Perth Core Library Image credit:

The historic Perth Core Library will undergo a $7.3 million transformation to become Australia’s biggest and newest drill core facility that will drive the discovery of new resources both in the state and nationwide.

Core stacked in shelving at the Perth Core Library Image credit:
Core stacked in shelving at the Perth Core Library
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The library contains samples dating back to the 1890s and stores more than 500 kilometres of drill core from government drilling; mineral industry donations; industry onshore and offshore petroleum drilling; and Exploration Incentive Scheme co-funded drilling.

Mining and petroleum companies constantly use the facility to help guide exploration programs and data shows that viewing of core inside the library has increased 300% since 2006.

The project – which will support up to 70 construction jobs – will expand the capacity of the building by 3,500 square metres to allow storage of 14,300 pallets, or about 1,000 kilometres, of core.


Launching the $5.1 million main construction stage on Friday, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the expansion will promote State and national mineral and petroleum search.

“In the case of the core library, bigger is definitely better. I thank the Commonwealth Government for its $1.2 million contribution, which will help this expansion yield not only a nation-leading facility but a world-class exploration resource,” Mr Marmion said.

“With the challenges facing the industry, it is crucial we do everything possible to promote new mining and petroleum developments and the jobs and innovations they will deliver.”

The Perth Core Library is also the western hub of the National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository and stores two-thirds of all Commonwealth-managed petroleum core derived from offshore drilling around the nation.

According to Mr Marmion, the expansion project is expected to be completed in November 2016.