Sector

Energy and mining

Solar, wind and battery systems, minerals processing exploration, extraction and hydrogen export supply chains

Highlights

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 and petroleum products – meaning that global demand for resources can be serviced and our technical expertise is already high.

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.

South Australia boasts and abundance of natural assets, including significant deposits of copper, gold, iron ore, graphite and petroleum – meaning that global demand for resources and expertise is already high.
 
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). 

Primary contact

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

Wayne Emery

Director, Minerals and Energy


Experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in government and private industry across the mining and energy sector.

Minerals and Energy

+61 466 394 381 Wayne.Emery@sa.gov.au

Case studies

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