According to GlobalData, there are over 560 surface and underground mines in operation globally, of which 83 are in Oceania. GlobalData tracks and profiles over 33,000 mines and projects from early exploration to closure, across more than 150 countries and more than 100 commodities. Buy the latest mine-site profiles here.

The following are the ten largest surface and underground mining projects by production in Oceania in 2023, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Moolarben Mine

The Moolarben Mine is a coal mining project in New South Wales, Australia. The brownfield project is owned by Yancoal Australia and is due to operate until 2038. The mine produced an estimated 20.304Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 17.81 mtpa of coal in 2023. Buy the profile here.

2. Telfer Mine

The Telfer Mine is a gold mine owned by Newmont. Located in Western Australia, Australia, the brownfield mine produced approximately 19.52Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 380 thousand ounces of gold in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2025. Buy the profile here.

3. Cowal Mine

Located in New South Wales, Australia, the Cowal Mine is a gold mining project owned by Evolution Mining. The mine is expected to operate until 2042.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 16.23Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 275 thousand ounces of gold in the same year. Buy the profile here.

4. Hunter Valley Operations

The Hunter Valley Operations is a coal mine located in New South Wales, Australia. Owned by Yancoal Australia, the brownfield project produced an estimated 15.27Mt of ROM in 2023.

The mine had an estimated production of 10.39 mtpa of coal in 2023. The Hunter Valley Operations will operate until 2080. Buy the profile here.

5. Dampier Salt Complex

Owned by Rio Tinto, the Dampier Salt Complex is a salt mine situated in Western Australia, Australia.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 13.121Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 8.94 mtpa of salt in 2023. Buy the profile here.

6. Mount Pleasant Coal Mine

The Mount Pleasant Coal Mine is a coal mining project in New South Wales, Australia. The greenfield project is owned by MACH Energy Australia Pty and is due to operate until 2041. The mine produced an estimated 10.5Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 7.4 mtpa of coal in 2023. Buy the profile here.

7. Carmichael Coal Mine

The Carmichael Coal Mine is a coal mine owned by Adani Enterprises. Located in Queensland, Australia, the greenfield mine produced approximately 9.848Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 7.68 mtpa of coal in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2080. Buy the profile here.

8. Mount Isa Zinc Mine

Located in Queensland, Australia, the Mount Isa Zinc Mine is a zinc mining project owned by Glencore Plc. The mine is expected to operate until 2036.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 8.88Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 287.2 thousand tonnes of zinc in the same year. Buy the profile here.

9. Paddington Mine

The Paddington Mine is a gold mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Zijin Mining Group, the brownfield project produced an estimated 8.721Mt of ROM in 2023.

The mine had an estimated production of 282.19 thousand ounces of gold in 2023. The Paddington Mine will operate until 2032. Buy the profile here.

10. NorthParkes Mine

Owned by Evolution Mining, the NorthParkes Mine is a copper mine situated in New South Wales, Australia. The mine is expected to operate until 2054.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 7.85Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 31.88 thousand tonnes of copper in 2023. Buy the profile here.

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