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BGI Drill Core Repositories

The BGI Drill Core and Borehole Chips Repositories

The Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) operates three core-repositories that acquire, store, preserve and make accessible cores from drilling, borehole chips/cuttings, and soil and rock samples. The facilities located in Lobatse, Molapowabojang and Kang are purpose built for high capacity storage and warehousing of samples that were collected as early as 1960s to the recent years from all over Botswana These cores and drill-chips cover various projects including mineral target for base metals, industrial minerals, coal, coalbed methane, diamond etc. as well as underground water.

The acquisitions are from exploration companies and research conducted by BGI. BGI core repositories are currently the only repositories for publicly accessible cores. The keeping of core is essential for facilitating further exploration and research including petrological and other mineralogical analysis. Exploration is an expensive endeavor; therefore the availability of core provides huge savings on drilling, logging and storage of core for exploration companies and researchers on previously explored areas. It prevents the unnecessary duplication of effort where data is available for research. The data is also invaluable for research institutions of high learning such as Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and the University of Botswana (UB) as well as international research institutions.

Services provided by BGI Core Repositories include:

  1. Drill-Core Viewing
  2. Drill-Core Imaging
  3. Drill-Core Logging
  4. Drill-Core Sampling
  5. Drill-Core XRF Analysis
  6. Borehole-Chips Imaging
  7. Borehole-Chips XRF Analysis
  8. Borehole-Chips Logging
  9. Borehole-Chips Sampling
  10. Borehole-Chips Viewing
  11. Borehole- Certificates Data
  12. Prospecting License Reports viewing/reading
  13. Prospecting License Reports copies (Pdf or Manual Copies)

NB: For every depth of core, specimens will only be sampled up to a quarter (25%) of the core to ensure preservation of collections

Visitors at Molapowabojang Repository

Core-repository shelving