Energy and mining


Energy and mining

Solar, wind and battery systems – Minerals processing exploration – Extraction – Hydrogen export supply chains


South Australia has a high concentration of quality mineral grade worth premium price.

The South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG) provides dual spatial datasets via a secure online map-based web application.

Exploration opportunities in South Australia are vast.

Investing in energy and mining

Nationally, we are leading the uptake of renewable energy, while also broadening our energy sector into batteries, thermal storage, hydrogen production and storage and pumped water storage in disused mine pits.
South Australia boasts an abundance of natural assets – including significant renewable energy zones for wind and solar, mineral deposits of copper, gold, iron ore, graphite, gas and petroleum products – meaning that global demand for resources can be serviced and our technical expertise is already high.

To learn more about opportunities for growing South Australia's industry, view the Energy and Mining Strategy.

Investment advantages

South Australia contains 68% of Australia’s copper resources, 80% of Australia’s uranium and 28% of its gold.
South Australia’s excellent solar and wind resources, particularly close to the Spencer Gulf where thermal winds resulting from the temperature differences between land and sea, means wind energy production, when combined with the midday solar generation, results in a better generation output.
Nationally, we are leading the uptake of renewable energy, while also broadening our energy sector into batteries, thermal storage, hydrogen storage and pumped water storage in disused mine pits.

Connected ecosystem

Here in South Australia we’re proud to have fostered a strong relationship between government, industry and academia.
We provide a scalable state of being able to interlink clusters across sectors such as hi-tech and global players include MIT.

Our hi-tech sector can provide support across mining technology capabilities such as artificial intelligence, automation, robotics and drones, as well as blockchain technology which allows for the creation and maintenance of a continuously growing list of records (blocks). 

Precincts and Clusters

Innovation precincts

Collaboration is in our DNA here in South Australia. You will have access to some of the best innovation precincts where high-profile businesses, academia, industry bodies and government are co-located and working together.
  • Lot Fourteen

    Lot Fourteen is a space that fosters collaboration and innovation across sectors and disciplines, including defence and space, artificial intelligence, digital health, machine learning and robotics, cyber security and creative industries.

Business Clusters

Our industry clusters provide strong intellectual and research foundations, providing opportunities to share talent, technology and infrastructure.
  • Adelaide Airport

    With global acknowledgement that aviation is a vital catalyst for economic growth, Airport Business District is a key economic gateway that seamless integrates zones for a range of industries.

  • Tonsley Mining Energy Services

    The Tonsley innovation district is home to key energy and mining organisations, including CORE Innovation’s satellite office, Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence, and the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library, Australian Hydrogen Centre, SIMEC Energy Australia and ZEN Energy, and CMW Geosciences.

Business opportunities and investment ready projects

Primary contact

Looking to identify opportunities, strategic partnerships and get advice on the South Australian Energy and mining sector

Wayne Emery

Wayne Emery

Director - Energy and Mining

Wayne is an experienced director who provides market leading support to the Mining, Equipment and Technology Services sector (METS).


+61 466 394 381

OZ Minerals expansion to double Carrapateena production

OZ Minerals is progressing plans to transform the Carrapateena copper-gold mine in South Australia into a block cave operation to significantly increase its mine life.

The expansion would see Carrapateena’s expected throughput rate of 4.7–5 million tonnes a year from 2023 increased to 12 million tonnes a year.

Andrew Cole
OZ Minerals