Top 5 Gov. Contracting NAICS Codes: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction fall under sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This industry revolves around the extraction of commodities from the earth. This also includes support operations and beneficiation. From the tungsten in our lightbulbs to the gas in our cars, this sector covers a lot.

What are NAICS codes? They’re numbers used as a quick reference to display the general products or services an entity provides. The government will assign the appropriate NAICS codes with every opportunity they post. Here are just a few of the most-in-demand NAICS codes for Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction in the federal marketplace.


5. 212299: All Other Metal Ore Mining 

Total Obligations in 2017: $4,841,297

Description: The beneficiation or mining of rare earth metals, tungsten, columbite, ilmenite, antimony, molybdenum, and tantalum.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 750 employees


 4. 212312: Crushed and Broken Limestone Mining and Quarrying 

Total Obligations in 2017: $11,626,924

Description: Mining and quarrying crushed and broken limestone. This also includes other rocks such as travertine, cement rock, and dolomite.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 750 employees


3. 212319: Other Crushed and Broken Stone Mining and Quarrying

Total Obligations in 2017: $13,614,192

Description: Extracting other types of crushed and broken stone such as marble and sandstone.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 500 employees


2. 212321: Construction Sand and Gravel Mining

Total Obligations in 2017: $23,606,058

Description: The operation of commercial grade sand and gravel pits. This includes dredging, screening, washing, and general preparation for commercial use.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 500 employees


1. 213112: Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations

Total Obligations in 2017: $113,849,494

Description: This industry engages in support operations for oil and gas operations, but does not carry out construction or site preparation. Some of the activities in this sector include, but are not limited to, acidizing wells, compressing gas, cleaning wells, installing production equipment, and fishing for tools.

SBA Size Standard ≤ $38.5 million

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