Anglo American has extensive coal mining interests in Queensland and New South Wales.
We own the majority stake in and are the mine manager for the following operations:
||Low sulphur, sub-bituminous thermal coal primarily for Queensland’s domestic power generation producing 8Mt per annum
||Open cut mining operation, comprising four pit areas
|Capcoal Surface and Underground Operations
||More than 5Mt of prime quality hard coking coal and PCI coal
||Capcoal comprises two underground mines, and two open cut mines
||4Mt of coking, soft coking and thermal coal
||Dawson is an open cut operation, spanning almost 60 kilometres
||4Mt thermal coal each year for export and domestic markets
||Drayton is an open cut mine which commenced operation in 1983
||1.5Mt pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal for the steelmaking industry. Production capacity is 3.3 million tonnes per annum of product coal
||Foxleigh is an open cut operation adjoining ACA’s Capcoal Surface Operations
||Coal is mined from the Goonyella Middle Seam, approximately 200 metres below the surface. 2.5Mt annually of high-quality, hard coking coal mainly for export to steel manufacturers in North Asia and India
||An underground longwall mining operation which began operating in 1998
Our Dartbrook underground operation in the New South Wales Hunter Valley was placed under care and maintenance in December 2006. We own an 88% stake in Dartbrook, and are currently exploring opportunities to develop the lease area into a premium mining operation in the future. We also hold a third interest in Jellinbah Group, which amounts to a 23% in both Lake Vermont and Jellinbah mines.
- Six mines in Queensland and New South Wales
- Four Greenfield projects
- Approximately 3,500 permanent employees, and an additional 1,500 contractors
- Second largest exporter of metallurgical coal in Australia
- Access to Abbott Point, Dalrymple Bay, Gladstone and Newcastle ports
- Products cover range from thermal to premium hard coking coal including PCI.
- 27Mtpa of saleable coal in 2011.
In December 2004, we announced with Mitsui & Co. Ltd our joint intention to recapitalise our existing operations at Dawson and establish two additional mining operations at adjacent tenures to the existing mining operations. The expansion included the construction of a new coal preparation plant, additional mining equipment, a coal conveying system for transporting coal, rail load out facilities and administration buildings. The expansion was completed in late 2008.
In 2009, a new powered roof support project was commissioned at the Moranbah North mine, to improve the mine’s productivity at increasing depths. The project involved the installation of 148 roof supports underground, each with a 1750-tonne capacity.
On 29 September 2009, Anglo American Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll officially opened the new module of the Coal Handing Processing Plant (CHPP) at our Capcoal operations in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. This event celebrated the completion of the under-budget $AU850 million Lake Lindsay growth project. Construction started on the Lake Lindsay growth project in 2006, with a scope of works including the CHPP and a new overland conveyor to accommodate a major expansion of open cut mining within our Capcoal complex. About 75 million tonnes of saleable reserves are contained within the Lake Lindsay mining area, and this addition will extend the mine’s life span by 20 years.
Greenhouse gas reduction initiatives
Two coal seam methane-fired power plants
We supply waste coal mine gas from our Moranbah North and Capcoal’s German Creek underground mines to power two power stations owned and operated by Energy Development Limited. The two power stations are supported by government greenhouse mitigation schemes, and the German Creek and Moranbah North power stations combined, reduce our emissions by approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually, equivalent to planting 3.6 million trees or taking 580,000 cars off the road.
On 20 November 2009, we announced the acquisition of a stake of more than 20 per cent in Australian-based MBD Energy. MBD energy will soon commence trials of leading-edge carbon capture and conversion technology using algal synthesisers at three of Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitting coal fired power plants. The new technology involves growing algae in bio-sequestration farms that feed off emissions from a neighbouring power station. These conditions enable the CO2 to be consumed by the algae, which is then harvested to produce valuable by-products such as bio-diesel and animal feeds.
Ensuring employees and contractors remain safe at work is our number one priority, and we are committed to implementing the right safety systems and operating in a way that promotes safe behaviours, moving toward an overall objective of zero harm. An example of innovation in action is the introduction of the fatigue-monitoring Smart Cap being rolled out across sites in 2010 for all haul truck drivers. The cap monitors the operator’s brain waves and if symptoms of fatigue are identified, an alert is sent to the driver’s supervisor.