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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Contents >> Mining >> Mineral production

The total value of minerals produced in the coal mining, oil and gas extraction and metal ore mining industries was $34.6b in 1998-99, an increase of $354m (1%) compared with 1997-98 (table 18.3). The metallic minerals group was the major contributor to the total value of production with 45%, followed by the coal industry and the oil and gas extraction industry.

The value of metallic minerals produced increased by $978m (7%) to $15.7b. Although US dollar prices for commodities remained depressed, an increase in production for a number of commodities coupled with a weak Australian dollar meant that revenues for commodities such as copper concentrate and lead concentrate increased. The value of production for iron ore increased by $388m (10%) to $4.3b as a result of favourable exchange rates. The value of gold production decreased by $450m (9%) to $4.5b due to decreased production and a low market price for gold associated with uncertainty within the gold market.

The value of coal produced increased by $522m (5%) to $10.5b in 1998-99 mainly due to an increase in production. Decreases in the value of crude oil and natural gas were attributable to record low prices for crude oil during the reference period and reduced output from the Bass Strait field following the Longford refinery explosion. The value of oil and gas production fell by $1.1b (12%) to $8.4b in 1998-99.


18.3 MINERAL PRODUCTION, Selected Minerals, Australia

Units
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97(a)
1997-98
1998-99

Metallic minerals
- Bauxite
’000 t
45,384
50,724
46,874
50,418
58,005
- Copper concentrate(b)
’000 t
(c)9,423
(c)1,316
1,769
1,662
1,835
- Gold bullion (dore)(d)
kg
298,697
291,965
296,398
333,673
310,378
- Iron ore(e)
’000 t
137,525
137,267
162,480
168,104
162,224
- Lead concentrate
’000 t
766
774
782
768
927
- Mineral sands(f)
’000 t
2,375
2,491
3,044
3,198
3,195
- Uranium oxide (U3O8)(g)
t
2,631
5,105
5,996
5,797
6,386
- Zinc concentrate(h)
’000 t
1,699
1,295
2,070
1,921
2,143
- Total value of metallic minerals
$m
(i)11,715
12,708
13,617
14,696
15,674
Coal
- Black coal
’000 t
191,903
194,492
206,169
226,818
232,584
- Brown coal
’000 t
50,679
54,281
58,886
68,638
65,880
- Total value of coal(k)
$m
(j)7,340
8,006
9,089
9,994
10,516
Oil and gas
- Crude oil(l)
ML
31,301
30,763
29,556
33,931
30,306
- Natural gas
GL
(m)17,486
(m)19,169
n.a.
(n)27,774
(n)30,352
- Ethane
GL
208
199
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
- Propane
ML
1,999
2,092
2,142
2,421
1,509
- Butane
ML
1,480
1,544
1,584
1,883
1,993
- Liquefied natural gas
’000 t
6,888
7,346
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
- Total value of oil and gas
$m
7,683
8,070
8,823
9,523
8,376
Total value of metallic minerals, coal, oil and gas
$m
26,738
28,784
31,529
34,213
34,567

(a) Break in series - data from 1996-97 derived solely from information supplied through the ABS mining collection. Data for prior years derived from information supplied by State mines departments or directly to the ABS, supplemented in some cases by data from other sources.
(b) Includes copper precipitate.
(c) Excludes South Australia.
(d) Includes alluvial gold.
(e) Includes iron ore pellets.
(f) Includes ilmenite, beneficiated ilmenite, leucoxene, monazite, rutile, synthetic rutile and zircon.
(g) Uranium figures supplied from Australian Commodity Statistics, 2000 (ABARE).
(h) Includes zinc-lead concentrate and lead-zinc concentrate.
(i) Includes Tasmanian coal production.
(j) Excludes Tasmania.
(k) Excludes briquettes.
(l) Includes condensate.
(m) Includes field and plant usage.
(n) Includes ethane and liquefied natural gas.

Source: Mining Operations, Australia (8414.0); Australian Commodity Statistics, 2000 (ABARE).


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