SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

Industrial Info Resources

September 07, 2011 10:31 ET

World Looks to Australia for $283 Billion in Metals & Minerals Industry Project Development, an Industrial Info News Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- With a population of 22 million and a land area of 2.9 million square miles, Australia is one of the world's most sparsely populated countries. The majority of Australia's population lives on or near the coast in major cities, including Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. That leaves a lot of wide-open space in the interior of the country. Luckily for Australians and their trading partners, much of this open space contains a wealth of natural resources. Australia is the world's largest producer of iron ore, metallurgical coal, alumina, zinc and lead. The country is a top producer of thermal coal, gold, copper and uranium.

Australia is neck-and-neck with Canada as the leading country in the world for mining project development. Industrial Info is tracking 450 Metals & Minerals Industry projects totaling $283 billion as part of its Australian project database. The majority of these projects are mining projects totaling $217 billion. Coverage includes above-ground and underground mines, concentrators and processing plants, as well as mine-associated infrastructure such as desalination plants, overland conveyors, rail transportation, cogeneration/power generation plants, slurry pipelines, tailings ponds, and storage and distribution terminals. All of Australia's Metals & Minerals plants and projects are highlighted in Industrial Info's newly released Australia Metals & Minerals Industry Wall Map, 1st Edition.

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