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WA resources earn over $90b in 2010

The Western Australian resources industry has surged close to 50 per cent in value since 2009

March 31, 2011

The Western Australian resources industry has surged close to 50 per cent in value since 2009

Figures compiled by the Department of Mines and Petroleum reveal iron ore remains Western Australia’s most valuable resource, accounting for $48.5 billion or 53 percent of all mineral and petroleum sales in 2010.

WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore says strong demand, especially from China, underpins the sector’s continued record levels of iron ore shipments.

“Recently completed iron ore projects and expansions to existing mines helped boost the State’s iron ore output by 10 per cent to 391 million tonnes,” Moore says.

“The petroleum sector, which includes crude oil, condensate, LNG, natural gas, LPG butane and propane, also performed strongly throughout last year.

“As WA’s second biggest resource sector, petroleum accounted for 25 per cent or $22.9 billion of total sales, representing a 36 per cent increase in value compared to 2009.”

The state’s gold sector has also demonstrated an impressive increase of 35 per cent over the previous year reaching $7.8 billion.

This result is attributed to the strength of the gold price which averaged US$1,224 per ounce, an increase of 26 per cent from 2009.

In response to higher prices, the output of gold increased by 25 per cent to 5.9 million ounces.

“Iron ore, petroleum, and gold continue to drive strong economic growth in WA and together account for 87 per cent or $79billion of all mineral and petroleum sales in 2010,” Moore says.

“Continued growth in demand from major trading partners including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea pushed export earnings from the State’s resources sector to record levels despite a strong appreciation in the Australian dollar.”

As a result of increased volumes and higher commodity prices, 2010 mineral and petroleum exports accounted for 91 per cent of the state’s total merchandise export earnings.

“Due to our rapidly expanding resources sector, export earnings reached an impressive $100 billion for the first time,” Moore says.

“WA led the nation in mining investment expenditure – accounting for $24.5billion in 2010,” he adds.

“WA’s resources industry is expected to grow strongly in 2011 and beyond with more than $250billion earmarked for development and expansions in major mining and petroleum projects.

“Strong economic growth in developing economies, including China and India, will underpin steady demand for the mineral and petroleum products in coming years.”

“WA is well positioned to build on its strengths as a reliable supplier of quality resources at world cost-competitive prices,” Moore says.

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