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Exploring the Future of Mineral Exploration with BHP's Sonia Scarselli

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In this episode, we chat to Sonia Scarselli, VP of BHP Metal Exploration and BHP Xplor, which is a global accelerator program targeting innovative, early-stage mineral exploration companies to find the critical resources necessary to drive the energy transition.

Sonia is a highly experienced geologist having worked in both the oil and gas and mining industries and has been with BHP for over a decade and talks to us about the global exploration market, BHP Xplor program, and BHP's exploration focus plus a lot more around the junior mining space in these difficult times.

Sonia is going to be attending Europe’s largest mining event, Resourcing Tomorrow, (Formerly known as Mines and Money London,) which is taking place in London on the 28-30 November, a great platform for the entire mining value chain, fostering learning, lively debates, and providing valuable networking opportunities.

Register NOW by going to www.resourcingtomorrow.com/register to receive a discount on tickets using the code DIGDEEP10.


  • The BHP Xplor program is an accelerator program targeting innovative early-stage mineral exploration companies to find critical resources for the energy transition.
  • The future of mineral exploration is influenced by the electrification and energy transition, which increases the demand for mineral resources, especially critical minerals like copper and nickel.
  • Partnerships and collaborations are crucial in the exploration industry, both with peers and junior mining companies, to unlock larger regions of potential and accelerate resource discovery.
  • The BHP Xplor program provides selected companies with mentorship, technical guidance, and support in areas such as business, finance, operations, HSE, stakeholder engagement, and vendor connections.


"We need at least three times the amount of copper that we're using today by 2030."

"We want them to come out of the program with the best chance to raise the capital they need." 

"There is a need for partnership and collaboration with large enterprises like ourselves, with some of our peers." 

"We have been learning a lot from that space, especially on running the business in a more agile and nimble way." 





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Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics

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