CRC ORE is an Australian not for profit organisation funded by the global minerals industry and Australian Federal Government. It is a cooperative research centre (CRC) responsible for furthering research to optimise resource extraction (ORE). The organisation’s key objective is to ensure that it delivers significant economic, environmental and social benefits to Australia. CRC ORE aims to transform the minerals sector by deploying innovative world-class technology to effect a step change in value across the whole-of-mine system. It will assist to ‘Optimise Resource Extraction’ through site implementation of innovative technology and applied research to improve overall productivity.
Its prime directive is to identify and implement innovative solutions that can improve operational value and reverse the marked trend of declining productivity over the last decade. CRCORE aims to achieve this through applied innovation, technology development and technology transfer focus rather than undertaking fundamental research. This is based on the view that there is abundant existing and latent technology already available which has not been integrated on mining sites or needs to be accessed from other sectors.
CRC ORE is focused on radically improving the productivity, energy and water signatures of our mining operations. We are also dedicated to reversing the ‘conventional wisdom’ of grade decline through new gangue rejection techniques. CRC ORE research projects investigate all elements of the mining process, seeking opportunities to optimise the system through better understanding of the processes and the synergies between processes. This includes ore body characterisation, geometallurgy, blasting, comminution, mine planning and economic evaluation.
CRC ORE commenced in mid-2010 and after its initial 5-year funding term, was awarded a further 6-years of funding until July 2021. CRC ORE has achieved support of over $160m in investment to achieve critical mass and capacity. This includes $34.4m in federal funding, with the remaining investment through Mining Companies, Mining Engineering Technology Suppliers (METS) and Research participants.