$12 million to accelerate one of the world’s largest seismic surveys

$12 million for WA-Array seismic survey as part of 2022-23 State Budget
Date: Wednesday, 04 May 2022
  • Survey will be one of the largest of its kind completed anywhere in the world
  • Data collected will drive further exploration, research and investment
  • McGowan Government investment supporting WA jobs and local businesses

The McGowan Government is investing $12 million over four years to implement a State-wide passive seismic survey to unlock more of Western Australia’s hidden resources - to create new investment opportunities and local jobs for Western Australians.

Funded as part of the 2022-23 State budget, the WA-Array program will be one of the largest of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world.

WA has no shortage of mineral resources, but most known deposits are near the surface. The WA-Array program will make it easier to locate deeper resources.

The subsurface imaging program will deploy 165 seismometers in a grid pattern at 40 kilometre intervals - providing valuable insights into the State’s mineral deposits.

The program will also provide new insights into WA’s critical minerals resources, and promote investment in exploration and developing future mines and downstream processing.

All data collected will be rigorously assessed before being made freely available to resource explorers, researchers and the WA community. Seismometers will be relocated annually, with the entire State being mapped over 10 years.

Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:

“The WA-Array program will help unlock a new generation of resource discoveries that will create more jobs and potentially billions of dollars of economic benefits for WA.

“It will digitally transform and supercharge the State’s mining industry - helping to attract investment and support even more local jobs for Western Australians.

“The global transition to clean energy presents significant opportunities, which is why the McGowan Government is working hard to invest in and attract new industries to WA.

“Battery and critical minerals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel face ever increasing demand, so we need to keep supporting the search for the mines of tomorrow.”