Coal Mines in Queensland - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Coal Mines in Queensland

Below is a snapshot of the operational Coal Mines in Queensland from the iQ Resources & Major Projects Map 

Baralaba ““ Cockatoo Coal owned and operated the Baralaba Central mine from 2008 before transitioning to Baralaba North. This site produced about 750,000 tonnes of PCI coal in 2015, but operations stopped after the company was placed into administration. Cockatoo directors regained control of the company in May 2016 after a deed of company arrangement was executed. The company announced in June that it had been granted the mining lease for a planned $300m-plus expansion project to take production to a rate of up to 4.1Mtpa run-of-mine coal (about 3.5Mtpa of saleable coal).

Blackwater ““ Owned by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), this open-cut operation produces coking and thermal coal.

Blair Athol ”“ This Rio Tinto Coal Australia mine, closed in late 2012, is being purchased by TerraCom Limited ““ which plans to resume operations in 2017. Coal mining is being scheduled around a rate of 2Mtpa.

Broadmeadow ”“ Owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), this underground coking coal mine uses longwall top coal caving technology.

Callide ”“ Anglo American announced the sale of this open-cut mining operation this year to private company Batchfire Resources. This mine produces about 7mtpa of low-sulphur, sub-bituminous thermal coal primarily for Queensland`s domestic power generation. Boundary Hill South is a proposed extension to existing operations at Callide.

Cameby Downs ““ Managed by Yancoal Australia on behalf of its majority shareholder Yanzhou Coal Mining Company, this open-cut operation has a capacity of 1.5Mtpa thermal coal (product).

Capcoal ”“ This complex includes two underground mines, Grasstree and Aquila, and two open-cut mines, Lake Lindsay and Oak Park. In July 2013 Anglo American placed Aquila under care and maintenance, however approval for a future longwall operation has been attained. Capcoal produces about 10.5Mtpa hard coking coal and pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal. Its ownership is 70 per cent Anglo American and 30 per cent Mitsui Coal Holdings, with Anglo American as operator.

Carborough Downs ”“ Majority owned by Vale, this mine has a capacity of up to 4Mtpa ROM metallurgical coal, from which about 2.8Mtpa of product coal is produced for sale. The site is expected to continue producing until 2019, with further potential for the extension of the mine life beyond that timeframe.

Caval Ridge ““ This BMA-owned open-cut mine has the capacity to produce about 5.5mtpa of coking coal. It was developed at a cost of $US3.4billion and opened in late 2014.

Clermont ”“ Glencore took over management of this open-cut thermal coal mine from former majority owner Rio Tinto Coal Australia. It produced just over 13 million tonnes in 2015.

Collinsville Coal ”“ Part of the NCA Project involving Glencore, Itochu Coal Resources and Sumitomo, this open-cut mine produced 2.572 million tonnes in 2015.

Commodore ”“ Owned by InterGen Australia, Daelim and GE, this open-cut mine provides thermal coal for the Millmerran power station, producing about 3.6mtpa. Downer has the mining contract.

Cook ”“ Owned by Guandong Rising Asset Management after its takeover of Caledon Resources in 2011, this mine has a capacity of about 2Mtpa metallurgical and thermal coal after completion in 2015 of an expansion project. The project introduced a longwall mining system into the Argo Seam and included an upgrade of the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) to increase its throughput capacity to 500 tonnes per hour.

Coppabella -Peabody Energy is majority owner of this open-cut metallurgical coal mine. Coppabella sold 2.9 million tonnes in 2015.

Curragh ”“ Owned by Wesfarmers Limited, this open-cut operation produces about 8.5Mtpa metallurgical coal for export and about 3.5Mtpa of thermal coal for domestic use following a $286m expansion project completed in 2012. A feasibility study for expansion to 10mtpa export capacity has been completed, with a decision to proceed subject to market outlook.

Daunia ”“ Production began in 2013 from this $US1.4b BMA project. The open-cut operation produces semi-hard coking coal, thermal coal and PCI.

Dawson ““ An open-cut metallurgical and export thermal mine (formerly known as Moura mine) producing more than 8Mtpa. It is jointly owned by Anglo American and Mitsui Coal Holdings, however Anglo American plans to sell its 51 per cent stake.

Ensham ”“ The Ensham Resources operation comprises five open-cut pits and an underground bord and pillar mine, with current production levels of 4.5Mtpa. The operation is majority owned by Idemitsu Australia (85 per cent) with LG International (15 per cent).

Foxleigh ”“ Produces almost 3Mtpa premium pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal for steel manufacturers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. Anglo American acquired 70 per cent of Foxleigh in 2008 with the balance of ownership shared by POSCO (20 per cent) and 10 per cent between Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Australia. Anglo American announced the sale of its 70 per cent stake this year to Taurus Funds Management

Goonyella Corridor ““ Owned by Peabody Energy, the North Goonyella longwall mine produced 2.7 million tonnes of saleable coking coal in 2015. Peabody has completed the EIS process for a $1.4b expansion project proposed for the adjoining Eaglefield mine, which is currently on care and maintenance.

Goonyella Riverside ““ This BMA-owned open-cut mine produces high quality coking coal.

Gregory Crinum ““ This BMA-owned complex includes the Crinum underground mine and Gregory open-cut mine, which have both been placed on care and maintenance.

Grosvenor ”“ Developed at a cost of $US1.9b, this metallurgical coal operation delivered first coal from its underground longwall in May 2016. It is capable of producing 7.5 million saleable tonnes per year at full capacity. Anglo American plans to sell its Grosvenor, Moranbah North and Moranbah South assets in the Bowen Basin as a package.

Hail Creek ”“ Managed by majority owner Rio Tinto Coal Australia, this open-cut mine produced 9.4 million tonnes of hard and thermal coal for export in 2015. Government approvals have been granted for the Hail Creek Transition Project to extend the life of mine.

Isaac Plains ”“ Stanmore Coal bought this open-cut operation from Sumitomo Corporation and Vale, who had placed it in care and maintenance in 2014. Operations restarted in May 2016, with the mine expected to produce 1.1Mtpa of coking coal. Stanmore plans to bring the neighbouring Isaac Plains East deposit online to extend mine life to more than 10 years. Golding Contractors are the mining contractor.

Jeebropilly ”“ This New Hope Group-owned open-cut mine produced 0.6 million tonnes of thermal coal in 2015.

Jellinbah ”“ Managed by Jellinbah Resources for the Jellinbah East Joint Venture and operated by Jellinbah Resources and Leighton Contractors, this open-cut operation produces more than 4.6mtpa metallurgical coal. ellinbah Group has a 70 per cent interest in the Jellinbah operation and Marubeni Coal and Sojitz Coal each hold 15 per cent interests.-

Kestrel ”“ An underground mine which uses the longwall and continuous miner method. In 2015 this Rio Tinto mine produced more than 4 million tonnes of coking and thermal coal.

Kogan Creek ““ Owned by CS Energy and operated by Golding Contractors, this open-cut mine supplies thermal coal to CS Energy`s Kogan Creek power station.

Lake Vermont ”“ Managed by Jellinbah Resources for the Lake Vermont Joint Venture and operated by Thiess, this open-cut mine produces about 8Mtpa hard coking coal and low volatile PCI coal. Jellinbah Group has a 70 per cent interest in the mine, with Marubeni Coal, Sojitz Coal and AMCI each holding 10 per cent interests.

Middlemount ”“ This mine is owned by a joint venture between Yancoal and Peabody Energy, with mining operations carried out on a contractor basis by NRW Holdings Limited. It produces low-volatile pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal and semi-hard coking coal.

Millennium ““ An open-cut mine producing coking and PCI coal, with 4.6 million tonnes sold in 2015. A $400m expansion project is proposed from 2018/19. The Millennium Expansion Project (MEP) would see the existing mining operation expand into two new lease areas and would increase the run-of-mine extraction rate to 6Mtpa.

Minerva ”“ Majority owned by Sojitz, this open-cut mine produces 2.8Mtpa-3Mtpa thermal and PCI coal using the terrace mining method.

Moorvale ”“ Peabody Energy is majority owner of this open-cut metallurgical and thermal coal mine, with Leighton Contractors carrying out mining operations. The mine produced 2.3 million tonnes of coal in 2015.

Moranbah North ““ An underground longwall producing almost 5Mtpa of premium hard coking coal for steel manufacturers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and Europe.  It is managed and operated by majority owner Anglo American.

New Acland ““ An $896m continuation project is proposed to lift production at this open-cut operation from about 5Mtpa to 7.5Mtpa thermal coal. Queensland`s Coordinator-General gave conditional approval in December 2014.

Newlands ““ part of the NCA Project involving Glencore, Itochu Coal Resources and Sumitomo, this combined underground and open-cut operation produced 5.840 million tonnes of coal in 2015. The underground operation reached the end of its scheduled mine life in June 2016. Glencore is examining the feasibility of a project extending the life of the open-cut operations by about 20 years to 2042.  ““

Norwich Park ”“ This BMA-owned open-cut mine is in care and maintenance.|

Oaky Creek ”“ Glencore is the majority owner of the Oaky Creek No.1 and Oaky North underground mines, which produced 6.565 million tonnes metallurgical coal in 2015.

Peak Downs ““ This BMA-owned open-cut mining operation produces high quality coking coal.

Poitrel ”“ This BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal open-cut mine produces coking coal, thermal coal and PCI coal.

QCoal Northern Hub ”“ The Sonoma mine near Collinsville is operated in joint venture by QCoal, JFE, China Steel and Watami Trading. This open-cut operation produces about 4Mtpa metallurgical and thermal coal. Thiess is the mining contractor.  QCoal also owns the nearby Cows Mine, producing less than 1Mtpa, and the Jax pit, which is on care and maintenance. It began producing coal from the 6Mtpa Drake open-cut mine in 2014, with coal processed at the Sonoma plant.

Rolleston ”“ A joint venture of Glencore, Sumisho Coal Australia and IRCA Rolleston, this open-cut mine produced 11.151 million tonnes of thermal coal in 2015. Glencore is examining the feasibility of increasing production to 20Mtpa.

Saraji ”“ Owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Coal (BMA), this open-cut mine produces high quality coking coal.

South Walker Creek ““ Owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC), this open-cut mine produces thermal coal and PCI coal.

Wilkie Creek ““ Owner/operator Peabody Energy Australia closed this open-cut thermal coal mine in late 2013. It has been trying to sell the asset, most recently lining up a deal with Exergen subsidiary Sekitan Resources in 2015.

Yarrabee ”“ Owned by Yancoal Australia this open-cut PCI mine produced 2.81 million tonnes of saleable coal for 2015.

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