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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Sep 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/12/2012   
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TOTAL EXPENDITURE

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure fell 6.0% (or -$58.9m) to $921.4m in the September quarter 2012. The largest contributor to the fall in the trend estimate this quarter was Western Australia (down 6.5% or -$35.5m). The current quarter estimate is 1.1% lower than the September quarter 2011 estimate.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for mineral exploration expenditure fell 14.7% (or -$146.9m) to $855.4m in the September quarter 2012. The largest contributor to the fall this quarter was Western Australia (down 19.0% or -$108.7m).

Mineral Exploration, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Mineral Exploration (Time Series Estimate): Expenditure and Metres Drilled, ; Total deposits , Australia


In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure fell 15.7% (or -$166.4m) to $894.7m in the September quarter 2012. Exploration on areas of new deposits fell 15.3% (or -$54.7m) and expenditure on areas of existing deposits fell 15.9% (or -$111.7m).

In original terms, the largest fall by minerals sought came from expenditure on iron ore exploration (down 16.6% or -$55.7m). The next largest fall came from expenditure on coal exploration (down 19.4% or -$41.1m).

MINERAL EXPLORATION, Original series
Graph: MINERAL EXPLORATION, Original series



METRES DRILLED

The trend estimate for metres drilled fell 5.1% in the September quarter 2012. The current quarter estimate is 7.8% lower than the September quarter 2011 estimate.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for metres drilled fell 12.6% in the September quarter 2012.

METRES DRILLED, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: METRES DRILLED, Seasonally adjusted and trend


In original terms, metres drilled fell 10.3%. Drilling in areas of new deposits fell 12.0% and drilling in areas of existing deposits fell 9.3%.

Metres Drilled, Original series
Graph: Metres Drilled, Original series



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


TOTAL EXPENDITURE

The trend estimate for total petroleum exploration expenditure rose 15.0% (or $131.0m) to $1002.7m in the September quarter 2012. Exploration expenditure on production leases rose 26.0% (or $52.3m), while exploration expenditure on all other areas rose 10.3% (or $69.4m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for total petroleum exploration expenditure rose 26.1% (or $227.5m) to $1100.4m in the September quarter 2012. Exploration expenditure on production leases rose 18.8% (or $42.4m) and exploration expenditure on all other areas rose 28.6% (or $185.1m).

The largest contributor to the rise in the trend estimate was Western Australia (up 15.5% or $90.6m) while the largest contributor to the rise in the seasonally adjusted estimate was Western Australia (up 34.6% or $198.2m).

Petroleum Exploration, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Petroleum Exploration, Seasonally adjusted and trend



ONSHORE

The trend estimate for onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 6.9% (or $16.2m) to $249.3m in the September quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling fell 0.9% (or -$1.4m), while other onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 18.6% (or $15.6m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 9.7% (or $22.9m) to $260.1m in the September quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling rose 0.5% (or $0.8m), while other onshore petroleum exploration rose 25.3% (or $22.1m).

Petroleum Exploration: Onshore, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Petroleum Exploration: Onshore, Seasonally adjusted and trend



OFFSHORE

The trend estimate for offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 17.0% (or $108.9m) to $747.8m in the September quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling rose 20.1% (or $92.3m), while other offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 9.2% (or $16.6m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 32.2% (or $204.6m) to $840.3m in the September quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling rose 33.9% (or $159.2m), while other offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 27.3% (or $45.4m).

Petroleum Exploration: Offshore, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Petroleum Exploration: Offshore, Seasonally adjusted and trend



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