Fast Facts

In 2012-13:

  • NSW mines produced 260 million tonnes of raw coal and 196 million tonnes of saleable coal
  • NSW mines produced 174,000 tonnes of copper and 29,100kg of gold
  • ‚ÄčTotal NSW mining was worth $21.2 billion, including $17.8 billion worth of coal, $1.3 billion in copper and $1.6 billion of gold
  • ‚ÄčAround 85% of NSW coal was exported, with the rest used to generate electricity at coal-fired power stations
  • NSW miners exported over 136 million tonnes of coal worth an estimated $15.2 billion, with over 72 million tonnes going to Japan
  • Coal accounted for 31% of all merchandise leaving NSW in 2012-13, making it the state’s most valuable commodity export
  • China is the state’s second largest customer receiving around 38 million tonnes in 2013-14 China’s portion of our exports from 1.1% in 2007-08 to 9.3% in 2010-11 and then almost doubling to 22.24 % in 2013-14
  • NSW miners return $1.3 billion a year in royalties to the state. That’s enough to fund 11,000 teachers in our schools or to construct two new hospitals and redevelop another every single year.
  • 40, 400 people work in NSW Mining (ABS, August 2014) 

 

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