Produktion

If a resource discovered during the exploration phase is considered commercially viable, operators will begin the process to commercially extract minerals and coal.

If a resource discovered during the exploration phase is considered commercially viable, operators will begin the process to commercially extract minerals and coal.

Production activities normally cover a smaller area than exploration as the specific resource has to be defined in preparation of mining. The actual footprint of the mining activity is smaller again. Only a small percentage of exploration permits are progressed to mining permits and active mining operations.