Mineral investment opportunities

Location: Various locations, Northern Territory, Australia

Sector: Mining

Investment type: Direct or passive investment, partnership (either financial or management), and joint venture

Estimated total project cost: Costs will vary from project to project

Investment amount sought: Investment sought will vary from project to project

Project status: Investor ready

Project description

There are significant opportunities to invest in minerals production in the Northern Territory and detailed information is available on the Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration (CORE) website

In the Northern Territory, there are six medium to large operating mines.

In the pipeline of developing projects:

  • There are 13 mining projects working through the development approvals process.
  • Four other projects are in various stages of feasibility studies.
  • Nine of the 17 proposed projects have a mine life of 10 years or more and five have a mine life of 20 years or more.
  • The projects have a potential total capital expenditure of AU$6.7 billion, and could generate 2860 jobs during construction and 3047 jobs during production.

The Northern Territory has a world-class resource endowment with some of Australia’s largest deposits of uranium, zinc-lead, bauxite, gold, phosphate and manganese, and numerous emerging projects for commodities such as copper, rare earths, lithium, tungsten, zircon sands and potash.

Working mine site

Currently, the minerals are exported via a multi-user facility at the Port of Darwin, and three user specific facilities at Nhulunbuy (minerals exported by Pacific Aluminium), Groote Eylandt (GEMCO) and Bing Bong (McArthur River Mines).

The potential quantity of mineral resources far exceeds domestic demand in the Northern Territory and will be exported through the Port of Darwin in the majority of cases. Some of the proposed mine developments are looking at rail transport both north to Darwin and south to South Australia.

Project proponent

There are a number of companies looking for investment for their Northern Territory exploration projects. Investment in these projects would be ideally suited to experienced investors in mining who are prepared to accept significant development risk before projects mature and generate predictable revenue streams.

It is common for exploration companies to bring in other firms as partners as their understanding of the resources, and / or the commercialisation potential of the resource grows. Managing the transition from having promising initial exploration results through to a full-scale commercially viable production field is complex and involves a broad range of skills and expertise. Past experience indicates that the expertise to progress the project changes over time and different players may need to become involved for individual projects to reach their full potential.

In relation to timeframes, some opportunities are available immediately, while other opportunities will emerge after project developers have completed their assessment of the commercial viability of their particular project.

Contact details

Fiona Park
Director Investment Attraction
Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Phone: +61 8 8999 1385

For more information on mineral investment opportunities go to the Creating Opportunities for Resources Exploration website

Disclaimer: This web page includes information provided by third parties. The information is general in nature and is for information purposes only. The Northern Territory Government makes no representation about the veracity or accuracy of information provided by third parties. You must rely on your own due diligence before proceeding. You should consider seeking independent professional advice.