Burning out: The exit of three of the industry's major players has led to falling revenue

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 Brown Coal Mining 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. Brown coal also has limited 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...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia are the only companies that mine brown coal in Australia
  • Weaker demand for brown coal at power stations has negatively affected the industry’s performance
  • In Victoria, abundant reserves of brown coal exist that are currently uneconomical to access
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry displays high barriers to entry, and this trend has remained unchanged over the past five years. The lack of domestic and export market opportunities acts as the primary barrier to entry for potential companies. The properties of brown coal, specifically its high water content, low energy content and propensity to spontaneously ignite, make it prohibitively expensive to transport. As a result, brown coal is not exported or sold interstate. The only domestic purchasers of large volumes of brown coal are two Victorian power companies, which are vertically integrated and operate brown coal mines adjacent to their power stations.In addition to a lack of demand for brown coal, potential new entrants face a range of other entry barriers. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Brown Coal Mining Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Brown Coal Mining are:

  • Downstream ownership links
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Ability to accommodate environment requirements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Electricity service price and Demand from manufacturing in the Brown Coal Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Electricity service price
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from fossil fuel electricity generation
  • Demand from hydro-electricity generation
  • Public concerns over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Carbon tax
  • Electricity demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Structural issues
  • Future developments
  • Table: Brown Coal Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Brown Coal Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Brown coal
  • Chart: Brown Coal Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Electricity generators
  • Briquette manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Brown Coal Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Brown Coal Mining

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Brown Coal Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    AGL Energy Limited, EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited,
  • Table: AGL Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Brown Coal Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Brown Coal Mining Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Base Load Power
  • Power supplied by plants that operate continuously to produce a constant amount of electricity. Brown coal is used as an input in base load power plants.
  • Brown Coal
  • A sedimentary rock with a high water content, used almost exclusively to generate power. Brown coal is also known as lignite.
  • National Electricity Market (Nem)
  • A wholesale electricity market in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Open-Cut Mining
  • A type of surface excavation in the form of an inverted cone. The shape of the mine opening varies with the shape of the mineral deposit.
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