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MINERAL EXPLORATION EXPENDITURE, Total minerals
Western Australia's mineral exploration expenditure (original) rose 50.9% ($92 million) to $271 million through the year to March quarter 2008. Minerals exploration expenditure that recorded growth over this period were Iron ore (up $33 million or 67.1%), Gold (up $22 million or 33.8%), Nickel and cobalt (up $21 million or 55.6%) and Copper (up $4 million or 91.5%). Petroleum exploration expenditure (original) in Western Australia rose 56.1% ($179 million) to $499 million through the year to March quarter 2008.
MINERAL AND ENERGY PRODUCTION
Through the year to March quarter 2008, production increased across most mineral commodities in Western Australia. Minerals production recording growth were Zinc (up 64.0%), Iron ore (up 17.9%), Bauxite (up 4.4%) and Nickel (up 4.3%). In contrast, Diamonds (down 36.4%), Gold (down 17.9%) and Ilmenite (down 10.0%) production declined through the year. Energy production in the state rose for Electricity (up 5.3%) while Crude oil (down 7.6%) and Natural gas (down 0.5%) declined over the same period of time.
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