Industry & Resources

WOODSIDE Petroleum is hoping to maximise efficiency and cut down on unnecessary costs by utilising IBM's gameshow-winning Watson cognitive computer system as the oil and gas industry battles uncertainty from the prolonged oil price downturn.

LOCAL researchers who have helped miners make more sense of the vast amounts of data they hold have picked up a major prize at UWA’s Research Excellence and Innovation awards this week.

GEOLOGISTS have used a technique developed at Curtin University to determine magmatic fluids came up from the earth’s mantle repeatedly over the past 1600 million years, depositing minerals along a fault line in the Gascoyne region.

REMOTE, low-grade deposits of platinum group metals (PGMs) can be economically recovered using novel direct leaching approaches, doing away with the need for traditional, expensive smelting operations.

GOLD has been found in geologically unusual circumstances about 250km east of Carnarvon on the margin of the Japan-sized former continent which forms part of the Gascoyne.

EXTRACTIVE metallurgists from Murdoch University have discovered the dissolution mechanism for a mineral previously considered to be unrecoverable and discarded as waste.

MODERN science is shining light on Jurassic rock, associating the organic remains of ancient bacteria with an increased likelihood of striking gold.

A REMOTELY operated vehicle (ROV) device designed to measure friction between offshore infrastructure and seabeds has opened the door for economical on-site testing.

MORE nickel can be produced more efficiently from Australia’s low-grade laterite ores if the metal is directly extracted after leaching with nitric acid, research suggests.

THE use of water jets to more easily extract the anchoring legs of mobile oil rigs from deep inside the ocean floor, allowing them to move to new worksites, is the focus of a study through the University of Western Australia.

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