In Australia, Anglo American's Coal business has access to more than 100 years of coal resources. Growth is pursued through an attractive billion dollar project pipeline, consolidating our presence in the country, creating more jobs in Queensland and the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
Our Australian growth projects include two underground longwall mines in Queensland, Grosvenor and Moranbah South, an open-cut mine at Drayton South and we are currently exploring options for Dartbrook.
Our attractive billion dollar project pipeline will create additional jobs and deliver maximum value from available resources.
The Aquila Longwall project is jointly owned by Anglo American and Mitsui Coal Holdings Pty Ltd with Anglo American as the managing company. A feasibility study for this brownfield project commenced in October 2013 and is currently in its final phase and with significant potential in the Aquila resource, standalone longwall mining has been identified as the future mining method.
The project involves the construction of surface infrastructure, the development of longwall panels and underground infrastructure in the existing Aquila area, to support the operation. The project comprises a single longwall underground mine and supporting infrastructure. The operation will target two seams, the Aquila and Aquila Lower coal seams. Once the mine is commissioned in early 2017, target production will average 3.5 million run-of-mine (ROM) tonnes per year and is expected to peak at 4.9 million tonnes per year.
The longwall will be supported by two continuous miner development units with ROM coal transferred from the underground development and longwall mining units via a new underground conveyor belt system to a new surface conveyor and onto an expanded ROM stockpile. The coal will be stockpiled, transported via an existing overland conveyor and processed through the existing Coal Handling Preparation Plant located at German Creek.
Boundary Hill South
The Boundary Hill South project involves developing an open cut mining operation south of the existing Boundary Hill area, using the existing infrastructure and equipment.
Boundary Hill South is an important project required to secure the future of Callide mine. With the current operation at Boundary Hill exhausting coal reserves by 2016, the Boundary Hill South Mining Lease will extend the life of Callide mine and provide continued employment for more than 250 local people.
The activities associated with the project will include:
- Developing a new open cut operation in the project area
- Constructing a haul road north from the project’s new open cut pit for overburden transport for backfilling into the existing Boundary Hill pit
- Constructing a new overburden dump area to the west of the area to be mined
- Relocating a section of Inverness Road, currently located within the project area.
The Grosvenor project is a $AUS1.95 billion growth project in Moranbah Queensland with the capacity to create up to 1,000 jobs. It involves developing a greenfield underground coal mine, producing up to seven million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal, which would be processed to produce approximately five Mtpa of coking coal for export.
We aim to develop a high-quality operation adjacent to our existing Moranbah North facility that will offer benefits to the community, the State and the people we employ, while at the same time enabling us to continue to provide our customers with the high-quality metallurgical coal our mines are renowned for.
The project site is located, approximately 190 kilometres south-west of Mackay, will use the longwall mining method to mine coal with an anticipated mine life in excess of 30 years.
Drayton South will be a replacement for the existing Drayton open cut mine in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. Coal produced will be predominantly mined for the export market. Drayton South will deliver continued employment for up to 500 Drayton mine employees.
The project will use existing infrastructure and machinery from Drayton mine including:
- One dragline
- A corresponding truck fleet
- Coal handing plant and facilities
- Bathhouse, workshop and administration building.
As the project moves to feasibility stage, a detailed socio-economic assessment has been undertaken as part of the Environmental Assessment and will include impacts on employment, local infrastructure, housing and property values.
Link to Drayton South page.
Underground mining at Dartbrook, also in the Hunter Valley, ceased on January 1, 2007 and the mine is now under Care and Maintenance. Exploration and conceptual studies are currently progressing to explore options for these resources using the existing infrastructure.
Moranbah South is a joint venture between Anglo American (50%) and Exxaro (50%), located in Central Queensland, south of our Grosvenor project. The resource consists of high quality coking coal. Exploration and conceptual studies are in progress. As the project moves to feasibility stage, a detailed socio-economic will be undertaken as a part of the Enviornment Assessment.
In 2010, we released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Terms of Reference (TOR) for Foxleigh Plains, an expansion project extending the operating life of the existing Foxleigh mine by up to 15 years. An Environmental Impact statement continues for Foxleigh Plains.
The Foxleigh Plains Project, located approximately 12 kilometres south east of Middlemount within Queensland’s Bowen Basin, would increase Run of Mine (ROM) production at our existing Foxleigh mine from 2.6 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to up to four Mtpa.