Mining, resources and energy

Mine lit up at night

Mining, resources and energy is an important part of the New South Wales economy, driven by large and diverse mineral and gas deposits, exploration projects and a burgeoning renewable energy sector.

A major growth story

International powerhouses such as Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy already have active mining and exploration programs in the state, often in joint ventures with smaller NSW companies.

Collectively, the NSW mining, resources and energy sector generated about A$11 billion in revenue in 2014-15, thanks to ongoing demand for raw materials from Asia, especially Japan, Republic of Korea and China.

Coal remains the largest single export product in value terms from NSW, while major metal exports include iron, steel, aluminium, gold, lead and copper.

In 2015-16, the NSW coal industry produced 246.8 million tonnes of raw coal, yielding 191 million tonnes of saleable coal, worth nearly $14.6 billion or approximately 80% of the total value of the State's mineral production.

A huge array of investment options

Companies and individuals can choose from a huge array of investment options, including:

  • multibillion-dollar gas exploration projects
  • world class gold mines
  • start-up solar
  • wind power firms