Australia-focused market analyst Resources Monitor issued a short report stating that the island country is bound to overtake China in 2021 as the world’s largest gold producer.
According to Resources Monitor, Australia’s role as a cost-effective producer is giving it the advantage it needs to take the leading position.
The analyst backs such an assessment by looking at the margins that most gold-mining companies have been making for the past 18 months. In particular, the firm focuses on the performance of Newcrest, Saracen, Silver Lake and Northern Star.
In the view of Resources Monitor, these margins paired with gold prices that, despite recent pressures, have been rising for the past year and a half, propel miners Down Under to go on with planned new mines or expansions.
Significant expansions include:
New mines that are expected to start operating are: