Six included in second BHP Xplor cohort

BHP, after evaluating a pool of more than 500 applicants, has selected six companies for the second cohort of its Xplor accelerator program for critical resources exploration.

Each company selected will receive a grant of up to US$500,000 and will gain access to a network of internal and external experts to fast-track growth as well as exploration concepts. The goal of the program is to back early-stage mineral exploration companies to find their needed critical resources for the energy transition across the technical, business and operational development facets.

The six selected include:  

  • Longreach Mineral – a private company that is applying an innovative mineral systems approach by leveraging our petroleum DNA to identify new tier 1 deposits critical to the energy transition. Our expertise in seismic geophysics and AI search tools, sets us apart in the exploration industry. 
  • East Star Resources – a United Kingdom-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange exploring for copper and other base and precious metals in Kazakhstan. 
  • Pallas Resources – a private explorer focusing on large-scale copper, gold, nickel sulphide and lithium systems in Kazakhstan.  
  • Hamelin Gold – a mineral exploration company listed on the Australia Securities Exchange, established to execute a modern exploration program at the 100% owned, ~3,000km2 West Tanami gold project in Western Australia.  The Tanami Gold Province is prospective for high value, large scale gold deposits and for nickel-copper-PGE mineralised intrusions 
  • Cobre – an exploration company listed on the Australia Securities Exchange, concentrating on copper and base metals exploration in Botswana.  
  • Equivest Minerals – a private company deploying a technology platform combining statistical insights on the location of major metal deposits with integrated machine learning and minerals systems to predict priority areas of interest within key regions.

Over the span of the six-month program, the six companies will work collaboratively with BHP Xplor to expedite the maturation of their geological concepts to position the projects for commercialisation or partnership.  

“The diversity and quality of the submissions amongst the applicants is amazing and inspiring,” program head Charlee Johnson said.

“We aim to accelerate this process and create disruptive results by identifying new concepts, data and testing opportunities. BHP Xplor provides BHP the opportunity to access some of the most exciting exploration prospects globally, enhancing the pipeline of new opportunities which may shape our future asset portfolio.”  

Vice President – BHP Exploration and Xplor’s Sonia Scarselli added: “Exploration for critical resources is moving slowly, but to meet the needs of the energy transition we must move at pace. We will be working together with the 2024 cohort to accelerate exploration in new geographies and advance new geologic concepts.”  


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