There have been a lot of changes in the mining industry, particularly after the mining downturn of 2013-2017 which saw a steep shift downward in the prices of multiple commodities in the mining industry. Even with the downturn in prices, mining companies still maintained similar outputs to the boom period, albeit at lower prices. Due to the massive levels of production sustained throughout previous years, many mining sites now have depleted resource supply to meet the current demands in the market. This has led to companies increasingly looking for new exploration and drilling sites to start their new projects.
In 2018, commodity prices in multiple areas of the mining sector had begun to improve and this has continued into 2019. There is now extra incentive for companies to do increased exploration and drilling in the sector.
But simply starting an expedition requires substantial planning. This is especially the case when it comes to having the right communication infrastructure for a mining operation. Here are a few things that should be considered before undertaking an exploration or mining expedition:
- Have you got your communications needs ready to go?
- Have you considered what improvements could be made both commercially and socially?
- Do you have sufficient bandwidth in place to meet these demands and is it cost effective?
- Have you considered or do you need to upgrade your equipment?
In the latter half of 2018, approximately $261 million was invested by the Western Australian government into drilling and exploration in the state. With a substantial sum of that money, $137 million, being allocated for searching solely for gold.
Commercial operators in 2019 have access to substantial amounts of bandwidth potential for their business operations and the technology and availability of it in 2019 is far superior to that which was available in 2013 during the latter parts of the mining boom.
Orion is well positioned to offer commercial operators undertaking drilling and exploration expeditions, with the infrastructure and communication capabilities to cater to the needs of any commercial provider in the country of any size.
Contact us today and ask us how we can get your expedition connected and your communications organised and ready for when your exploration project commences.