Western Australia holds more than 975 operating mine sites (open pit, underground mines and quarries) producing more than 50 minerals. There are also over 65 operating oil and gas fields.
Statistics produced by The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) reveals the scale and strength of the Western Australian resources sector.
WA RESOURCE SECTOR IN 2011-12:
- The value of Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry set a new record, reaching $106 billion. This represents a 4 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
- The Western Australian minerals and petroleum sectors contributed 91 per cent of the State’s total merchandise exports.
- In 2011-12, the resource sector directly employed, on average, 96,876 people across Western Australia.
- The Western Australian resource sector contributed $5.3 billion in Royalties, paid into the Western Australian Government Consolidated Revenue Fund.
- Overall, during the past ten years the value of Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry has grown on average by 15 per cent per annum.
TOP 5 COMMODITIES IN ORDER OF VALUE
- Iron ore – iron ore recorded an impressive $61.1 billion in total value of sales for 2011-12.
- Crude Oil and Condensate – Sales reached $11.6 billion.
- LNG – Despite output decreasing by 9.6 per cent to 15 million tonnes, the value of LNG sales rose by 15 per cent to $10 billion on the previous financial year.
- Gold – with an overall value of $9.4 billion, Gold is Western Australia’s fourth most valuable commodity.
- Alumina - the total value of alumina decreased by only 0.6 per cent to $4 billion, with a 2.4 per cent increase in quantity sold.
These, and many more statistics, can be found in a range of reports and statistics published every year by The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), such as Prospect Magazine and the Statistics Digest. Visit the Publications Section of the DMP website to view the latest edition.