Scorched earth: The exit of three of the industry's major players has crushed 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 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 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia are the only companies that mine brown coal in Australia
  • Several brown coal power stations have shut down over the past five years
  • In Victoria, abundant reserves of brown coal exist that are currently uneconomical to access
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry displays a high market share concentration. Five enterprises operated brown coal mines in Australia over the period, until Alcoa, Alinta Power and Engie exited the industry in August 2015, November 2015 and March 2017, respectively. Two Victorian mine operators and power generators, AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia, now account for all brown coal output in Australia.Market share concentration increased in 2016-17, when Engie ceased its brown coal operations with the closure of its Hazelwood open-cut mine. AGL and Energy Australia now have market shares of 62.5% and 37.5%, respectively. Prior to their exits from the industry, Alinta Power and Alcoa also operated brown coal mines in Leigh Creek, SA, and Anglesea, VIC, respectively...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 concern over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Environmental regulation
  • Electricity demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Structural issues
  • Regulatory outlook
  • 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
  • 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • 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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