International chemicals giant BASF has opened a mining research and development facility at the Australian Minerals Research Centre in Waterford.
BASF said its scientists would research ways to reduce energy and water uses at mines in Australia and around the world.
The centre will comprise a team of six advanced materials researchers by the end of the year, expanding to 20 over the next five years.
“High quality ores are becoming depleted and new mines are often in hostile locations while environmental, health and safety regulations are becoming more stringent,” BASF head of global oilfield and mining solutions, Steffen Kudis, said.
“BASF aims to help the industry face these challenges with solutions across our customers’ value chain.
“This new research and development centre will further develop our expertise in areas which are crucial to meeting future needs.”