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PESA SA/NT August Technical Luncheon “Critical Minerals in SA – The road to net zero”

Thursday, 24 August, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Australia/Adelaide time)

$25.00 – $75.00

Guest Speaker(s): Dr Bronwyn Camac

Bronwyn has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry as both a geologist and in management. She has worked across the sector starting out with Comalco Exploration (now part of Rio Tinto), Wiltshire Geological Services, Origin Energy, Beach Energy, Santos Ltd, and later as a consultant for InGauge Energy. Her experience includes precompetitive digital log data creation and management, operations geology, conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and development, and government and stakeholder engagement.

Bronwyn gained her PhD in Engineering Science in 2010, which focussed on using numerical modelling methods to predict the occurrence of naturally fractured shale rock to apply to seal risk; and maintains interest in this area having supervised various post-graduate projects and application of the techniques in unconventional gas resources.

She has now turned her attention to the minerals industry and has taken a position with the Geological Survey of SA as Director (Acting) This exciting opportunity allows her to work with a great team of experienced and highly skilled geoscientists and data engineers to deliver high quality precompetitive data sets and industry advice across the mineral exploration sector in South Australia, with a specific focus on delivering the Critical Minerals Project and Strategy for South Australia.

Bronwyn is a long standing member of PESA, having served on state and federal committees since 1998 and more recently on the Federal Board as President. Currently, she is serving as the Federal Past-President.

Critical Minerals in SA – The road to net zero

Presented by: Bronwyn A Camac (Geological Survey of South Australia)



For about 150 years, the use of petroleum products has driven world economies and is the greatest influence on quality-of-life improvement.
Before then, we burned whatever we could find, to keep us warm, to fuel our emerging technologies, and to cook our food. But most of these fuels could not keep up with population growth. Our forests were being pillaged, our health declined due to coal pollution and our oceans stripped of whales.
Our societies turned to the emerging new fuel – oil and its cleaner partner, natural gas. We found its value more than just a fuel – we could make things from it – plastic, clothes, medicines, fertilisers, cosmetics, and the list goes on and on. So, dependent upon these products, it becomes difficult to imagine that we can ever do without them.
But that time has come, just as with wood, coal and whales, the market has outgrown us, demanding cleaner fuels and products which has no effect on the earth and its climate.
This single most disruptive event of the last 150 years is being addressed in all countries to drive our economies toward net-zero carbon emission. To support net-zero targets, the market is moving towards new technologies, such as electric vehicles, renewable technologies, space technology, telecommunication and defence. All of these technologies need critical minerals.
This is space where the mineral resource industry and the energy resource industry collide!
Critical minerals are described by Geoscience Australia as “minerals that are essential to our modern technologies, economies and national security, and whose supply chains are vulnerable to disruption.”
South Australia is well-endowed with many of the minerals and metals projected to be in short supply as this energy transition progresses. SA is rich in copper and currently holds 69% of Australia’s copper resource. It is a major producer of mineral sands, with their associated rare earth elements and is rich in graphite. A state-wide study is currently underway to uncover SA’s full resource potential, putting us at the forefront of the world’s energy transformation.

Event Details:

Thursday,  August 24th, 2023
Luncheon: 12 pm for a 12:30 pm start

Place: Ayer’s House, 288 North Tce, Adelaide

Includes a 2-course lunch and drinks

Bookings close 1 pm Monday, 21st August
Any late bookings will incur an additional $20 fee. Strictly no walk-ins.

Sponsor: Beach Energy, Santos, Vintage Energy, and the Department for Energy and Mining (Government of South Australia)



Thursday, 24 August, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(Australia/Adelaide time)
$25.00 – $75.00
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    Ayers House – Ballroom
    288 North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia 5000



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