Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australia has almost one-quarter of the world's brown coal reserves, all of which are located in Victoria (90% in the Latrobe Valley). Virtually all Australia's brown coal output is used to generate electricity in power stations located close to the coal mines. Brown coal output in 2012-13 is expected to be about 60.3 million tonnes, compared with about 66 million tonnes in 2007-08.
The Brown Coal Mining industry is expected to generate revenue of about $920 million in 2012-13, compared with $988.7 million in 2007-08, which is an annualised fall of 1.4%. Since brown coal is not exported or imported, the size of the domestic market is also equal to $920 million. Industry revenue is expected to decline by 4.6% in 2012-13, mainly due to a fall in the volume of brown coal mined... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The Brown Coal Mining industry produces only brown coal, all of which is mined from open pits. Firms that also generate electricity mine the bulk of output. Over the five years through 2012-13, brown coal production has decreased at an annualised 1.0%, which reflects a consistent fall in production since 2010-11. Moreover, flooding at the Yallourn, VIC, mine in mid-2012 is expected to pull production levels down substantially for 2012-13. The use of brown coal in electricity generation is likely to remain stagnant over the next five years mainly due to the rising importance of alternative energy sources, and due to environmental concerns over the amount of greenhouse gas produced with its combustion... purchase to read more