Abstract

[Please note: This report was re-issued on 14 August 2013 due to data corrections. This replaces the version released on 17 July 2013. Corrections to mineral resources and production data are included in Table 1.5.2 and in the Appendix.] This report provides contextural and geological background to existing production and opportunities for potential production of critical commodities. Critical commodities are defined as mineral commodities for which uses are both economically important and have a high risk of supply disruption. Based upon a compilation of reports defining commodities considered critical by our major trading partners (UK, EU, USA, Japan and Korea), a suite of commodities were identified that can be considered critical. Mineral systems analysis was udertaken to determine which of these commodities are currently produced or have potential for production in Australia. Using the data and the potential size of export markets, the report identifies potential in four areas: (1) deposits associated with mafic-ultramafic magmatism (for Co, Cr, Ni, PGE); (2) deposits associated with granitic and alkaline magmatism (for Be, Bi, Li, Mo, Nb, REE, Sn, Ta, W); (3) heavy mineral sands deposits (for REE, Th, Ti, Zr); and (4) trace elements in ores and concentrates from existing mines (Cd, Ga, Ge, In, Sb, Se, Te).
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