THE South Australian Government's 2014-15 State Budget is committing millions of dollars to expand exploration and training programs within the state to support the resource sector in its continued expansion.
An additional AUD $4 million will be invested in to the Plan for Accelerated Exploration (PACE) scheme, enabling resources companies to fast-track applications for exploration and more.
A resources precinct will be established at Tonsley Park, including a $32 million core library and Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence (OPCE).
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the OPCE will ensure petroleum operators will have the facilities to up-skill their workers now and into the future.
"This new facility will provide a fully immersive simulated oil and gas production environment to be used for technical training, including safety, environmental and sustainable operational principles and key maintenance activities," said the Treasurer.
A further $4 million will also be invested in to the Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence, bringing the total to $10 million.
$4 million has also been earmarked for the construction of an air strip at Innamincka, a primary servicing location for oil and gas exploration companies in the north of South Australia.
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