同时，还有一个争论涉及到Port Pirie附近的探险钻探和奥古斯塔港以北的其他一些目标。 1974年5月，该集团考虑了九个巨大的地区，分散在约30万平方公里，占全国的三分之一。将这个无限领土的发现缩小到奥林匹克大坝的目标，必须花费大量的时间，但是不知何故，他们的努力已经成功实现了。
西矿业的地球化学家和冶金学家表示，该组织需要建设个人冶炼厂，以便对奥运水坝的集中精力进行定位（Pfatteicher 2003 21-31）。一批浓缩物被送到芬兰组织奥托昆普进行炼油试验，奥托昆普创造了一个富有想象力的一阶段过程。来自冶炼厂试验的铜矿被发现是99％左右，最终完全没有铀，但在任何情况下，它仍然含有放射性提示铀的腐烂物品，例如铅和。
Later in 1973, a report was generated by the geophysicists, which highlighted better than ever record of the expansiveness of the exploration. Numerous accounts of the revelation generated the feelings that Western Mining Corporation’s geophysicists were attracted efficaciously to the Olympic Dam. The group was initially pulled in February 1974 to drill geophysical targets around a spot called Andamooka, yet it didn’t settle on this thought for the next six to eight months and kept on exploring.
Meanwhile, there was also a debate related to exploratory drilling nearby Port Pirie and some other targets in north of Port Augusta. In May 1974, the group considered nine huge regions, scattered crosswise over about 300,000 square kilometres that was one third of the whole state. Narrowing the discovery from this limitless territory to The Olympic Dam target obliged a huge number of hours of exertion, but somehow the team with their immense efforts managed to achieve it.
Western Mining’s geochemists and metallurgists exhorted that the organization needed to construct its personal smelter to treat Olympic Dam concentrate on location (Pfatteicher 2003 21-31). A bunch of the concentrate was sent for refining trials to Finnish organization, Outokumpu, which created an imaginative, one-stage process. The rankle copper from the smelter trials was found to be around 99% immaculate was at last clear of uranium, yet in any case it still contained radioactive hints of uranium’s rot items, for example, lead and polonium.
The organization’s low-budget methodology to setting up an investigation base appeared conflicting with cutting edge view of Western Mining Corporation as a multi-billion dollar company, yet it reflected the intense times of the early 1970s.