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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Mar 2010  
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure rose $25.9m (4.8%) to $562.6m in the March quarter 2010. The current quarter estimate is 9.6% higher than the March quarter 2009 estimate.

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


The largest contribution to the rise in the trend estimate this quarter was in Western Australia (up $17.5m or 5.9%) followed by Queensland (up $5.7m or 5.4%).

The trend estimate for metres drilled rose 3.6% this quarter. The current quarter estimate is 21.8% higher than the March quarter estimate for last year.


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


EXPLORATION EXPENDITURE

The seasonally adjusted estimate of mineral exploration expenditure rose $30.4m (5.7%) to $564.1m in the March quarter 2010. The largest rises this quarter were in Western Australia (up $16.9m or 5.7%) and New South Wales (up $6.5m or 24.3%).

In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure fell $119.5m (20.6%). Western Australia had the largest fall of $64.6m (20.1%), followed by Queensland which fell $42.9m (34.7%).

In original terms, exploration on areas of new deposits fell $55.6m (24.3%), while expenditure on areas of existing deposits fell $63.8m (18.2%).

In original terms, the largest fall by minerals sought came from expenditure on iron ore exploration (down $40.2m or 29.5%), with the largest fall occurring in Western Australia. The next largest fall came from expenditure on uranium exploration (down $25.4m or 51.7%).

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



MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


METRES DRILLED

In seasonally adjusted terms, total metres drilled fell 7.8% in the March quarter 2010. In original terms total metres drilled fell 32.7%. Drilling in areas of new deposits fell 36.1% and drilling in areas of existing deposits fell 30.7%.

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



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


OVERVIEW

Expenditure on petroleum exploration for the March quarter 2010 rose $36.5m (4.4%) to $863.5m.

Expenditure on exploration on production leases fell $53.1m (29.3%) to $128.3m, while exploration on all other areas rose $89.5m (13.9%) to $735.2m this quarter.

Offshore exploration rose $70.4m (11.5%) to $685.1m in the March quarter 2010, while onshore exploration expenditure fell $33.9m (16.0%) to $178.4m.

Petroleum Exploration, Original series
Graph: Petroleum Exploration Expenditure



REGIONAL DATA

In the March quarter 2010, Western Australia had the largest rise in petroleum exploration expenditure of $105.0m (19.4%), followed by New South Wales with a rise of $18.2m (85.4%). Queensland had the largest fall of $31.4m (21.7%).


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