The project development phases in the Australian coal mining and processing industry are similar to those used in front end loading for oil and gas development in stages and maturity; however there is no common naming convention for the project development phases in the Australian coal sector. This is causing pricing and estimate accuracy confusion between government agencies, mine developers, engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) providers as well as vendors and industry bodies.
"Standardising and optimising the project development lifecycle: Standardisation of project development lifecycle naming conventions,"
Public Infrastructure Bulletin: Vol. 1
, Article 8.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/pib/vol1/iss9/8