Brown coal is a product in search of a market. Deposits in Australia are abundant, cheap to access and occur so close to the earth's surface that some industry participants use bulldozers to clear away overburden. As it stands, the industry's activities are limited to supplying the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation industry. Miners have been unable to develop export markets, as brown coal is too heavy, unstable and low in energy value to make overseas transport and use in other domestic applications economically viable.
Companies in the industry primarily mine brown coal using open-cut mining methods. Mining operations include coal extraction and any associated activities.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.