The mining and energy industries are very important to the Northern Territory (NT).
Mining and petroleum operations contribution to the economy was 12.3% Gross State Product in 2014-15. These operations and activities are critical to the Territory’s development, particularly in regional areas.
The NT has some of Australia's largest deposits of uranium, zinc-lead, bauxite, gold, phosphate and manganese.
The Territory also has high potential for other commodities, with exploration and developing projects underway for copper, rare earths, vanadium, lithium, tungsten, mineral sands and potash and more.
The Territory is highly prospective for onshore oil and gas. There are producing fields at Dingo, Mereenie and Palm Valley in Central Australia, which are linked to Darwin by the Amadeus-to-Darwin gas pipeline. A proposed new pipeline linking the Territory to the Queensland pipeline grid is currently under environmental assessment.
The Department of Primary Industry and Resources regulates the mining and petroleum industries, including inspecting and auditing sites on a regular basis.
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