Minerals and energy
South Australia is home to Olympic Dam, one of the world’s biggest mines, and Prominent Hill, an internationally significant new copper-gold mines. Outstanding joint venture and investment opportunities exist in exploration for gold, uranium, iron ore, nickel and heavy mineral sands in downstream processing, refining and the associated resources infrastructure and services. South Australia earned a top-10 ranking in mineral potential in the 2009-2010 Fraser Institute survey of more than 70 mining jurisdictions worldwide. It also ranked fifth globally in ResourceStocks magazine’s 2009 World Risk Mining Survey. The State has highly competitive energy costs by world standards with access to Australia’s largest onshore oil and gas fields in the north of the State. The northern regions of South Australia also form a hub of the national gas-distribution network.