According to GlobalData, there are over 7925 surface mines in operation globally, of which 371 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 mining projects by production in Oceania in 2023, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. South Flank Project

The South Flank Project is an iron ore mining project in Western Australia, Australia. The greenfield project is owned by BHP Group and is due to operate until 2047. The mine produced an estimated 77.028Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 56 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. Buy the profile here.

2. Mt Newman Joint Venture

The Mt Newman Joint Venture is an iron ore mine owned by BHP Group. Located in Western Australia, Australia, the greenfield mine produced approximately 75.888Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 66.99 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2052. Buy the profile here.

3. Jimblebar Hub

Located in Western Australia, Australia, the Jimblebar Hub is an iron ore mining project owned by BHP Group. The mine is expected to operate until 2060.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 75.669Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 66.8 mtpa of iron ore in the same year. Buy the profile here.

4. Area C Mine

The Area C Mine is an iron ore mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by BHP Group, the greenfield project produced an estimated 66.066Mt of ROM in 2023.

The mine had an estimated production of 58.47 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. The Area C Mine will operate until 2067. Buy the profile here.

5. Kings Valley Mine

Owned by Fortescue, the Kings Valley Mine is an iron ore mine situated in Western Australia, Australia.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 61.879Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 51.29 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. Buy the profile here.

6. Yandicoogina Mine

The Yandicoogina Mine is an iron ore mining project in Western Australia, Australia. The greenfield project is owned by Rio Tinto and is due to operate until 2039. The mine produced an estimated 57.889Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 51.1 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. Buy the profile here.

7. Christmas Creek Mine

The Christmas Creek Mine is an iron ore mine owned by Fortescue. Located in Western Australia, Australia, the greenfield mine produced approximately 56.723Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 47.01 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2031. Buy the profile here.

8. Greater Tom Price Mine

Located in Western Australia, Australia, the Greater Tom Price Mine is an iron ore mining project owned by Rio Tinto. The mine is expected to operate until 2035.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 54.816Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 51.62 mtpa of iron ore in the same year. Buy the profile here.

9. Hope Downs Mine

The Hope Downs Mine is an iron ore mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Hancock Prospecting Pty, the greenfield project produced an estimated 52.782Mt of ROM in 2023.

The mine had an estimated production of 46.6 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. The Hope Downs Mine will operate until 2031. Buy the profile here.

10. Roy Hill Mine

Owned by Hancock Prospecting Pty, the Roy Hill Mine is an iron ore mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. The mine is expected to operate until 2036.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 47.998Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 42.37 mtpa of iron ore in 2023. Buy the profile here.

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