Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
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In 1998-99, about 71% of total energy production in Australia was exported (8,815 PJ) (table 15.9). The largest contributors were black coal (55% of total energy exports) and uranium (32%). Crude oil and natural gas contributed 6% and 5%, respectively. Total energy exports (primary plus secondary) increased by 30% between 1990-91 and 1998-99. Among primary exports, those of black coal increased by 50% over this period, while uranium exports showed a slight overall decrease (by about 2%). Exports of uranium had dropped sharply in 1992-93 but showed strong growth in subsequent years. Natural gas exports showed a large increase (130%) over this period.
The large volumes of exported energy products also contribute significantly to Australia's export earnings. Table 15.11 shows that the export of energy products contributed about 16% towards Australia's total export earnings in 1998-99, down from 20% in 1990-91. Black coal accounts for by far the largest share of the total value of energy exports (66%), followed by crude oil (13%) and liquid natural gas (10%). Uranium contributes only 2% of the total value of energy exports.
Imports of energy products (mainly crude oil) made up only 5% of the total value of imports in 1998-99.
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