Burning out: The exit of three of the industry's major players prompts revenue to drop

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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Brown coal is a product in search of a market. Deposits in Australia are abundant, cheap to access and occur so close to the earth's surface that some industry participants use bulldozers to clear away overburden. As it stands, the industry's activities are mainly limited to supplying the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation industry. Miners have been unable to develop export markets, as brown coal is too heavy, unstable and low in energy value to make it economically viable to transport overseas or use in other domestic applications. The industry's major players are vertically integrated mine operators and electricity generators that operate power stations located close to their coal mines in Victoria...

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Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The output of the Brown Coal Mining industry is used almost exclusively within the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation industry. The heavy weight and low energy content of brown coal limit its downstream uses, as does its propensity to spontaneously combust when stored or transported in large volumes. These factors are reflected in the structure of the industry, with the major players owning and operating brown coal mines alongside their downstream power plants. Without export markets, demand for industry products is determined by the relative competitiveness of brown coal energy generation within the broader electricity generation market.

Revenue and profitability

Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 6.4% o..

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Industry Products

What is the Brown Coal Mining Industry?

Industry companies mine brown coal using open-cut mining. Mining operations include coal extraction and any associated processing activities.

Industry Products
Brown coal
Industry Activities
Brown coal (lignite) mining
Brown coal mine operation
Peat cutting

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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