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Major Mining Construction Projects

The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) published a detailed list of mining construction projects currently under development. It also lists projects that are less advanced. The information is broken down by state and details:
  • Project
  • Company
  • Location
  • Status
  • Expected Startup date
  • New Capacity
  • Capital Expenditure
  • Employment figures

Major construction projects in mining and energy

BREE's list of major minerals and energy projects

Note: Projects that are under construction or committed are shown in the blue shaded areas. Less advanced projects are shown in the yellow shaded areas.

Mining projects – energy a

             

Project

Company b

Location

Status c

Expected Startup

New Capacity

Capital Expend. e

Employment f

 

Black coal ― mining projects ― NSW

             

Austar underground (stage 3)

Yancoal Australia

6 km SW of Cessnock

Expansion, under construction

2014

2 Mt ROM coking

$250m

60

C

275

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bengalla expansion (stage 1)

Wesfarmers / Rio Tinto

Muswellbrook

Expansion, under construction

mid 2012

1.5 Mt ROM

US$184m (A$180m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boggabri opencut

Idemitsu Kosan

17 km NE of Boggabri

Expansion, under construction

2014

3.3 Mt thermal

$400m

150

C

500

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter Valley Operations Expansion

Rio Tinto / Mitsubishi

24 km N of Singleton

Expansion, under construction

2012

6 Mt thermal and semi soft coking

US$260m (A$255m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metropolitan longwall

Peabody Energy

30 km N of Wollongong

Expansion, under construction

2013

1 Mt hard coking

US$70m (A$69m)

50

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Arthur  (RX1)

BHP Billiton

5 km SW of Muswellbrook

New project, under construction

2013

4 Mt thermal (ROM)

$US400m (A$392m)

300

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrabri Coal Project (stage 2)

Whitehaven

20 km SE of Narrabri

Expansion, under construction

2012

4.5 Mt thermal

$300m

80

C

65

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRE No. 1 Colliery (preliminary works project)

Gujarat NRE Coking Coal

8 km N of Wollongong 

Expansion, under construction

2015

nil (mine upgrade)

$122m

13

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ravensworth North

Xstrata

18 km NW of Singleton

Expansion, under construction

2013

8 Mt thermal and semi soft

US$1.4b (A$1.37b)

550

C

500

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ulan West

Xstrata

Mudgee

Expansion, under construction

2014

7 Mt thermal

US$1.1b (A$1.08b)

270

C

350

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appin Area 9

BHP Billiton

Wollongong

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2016

4 Mt coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bengalla expansion (stage 2)

Wesfarmers / Rio Tinto

Muswellbrook

Expansion, feasibility study under way

na

1.4 Mt ROM

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulga optimisation

Xstrata

12 km S of Singleton

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2013

5 Mt thermal

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coalpac consolidation (Cullen Valley and Invincible mines)

Coalpac

25km NW of Lithgow

Expansion, govt approval under way

2015

3.5 Mt thermal

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobbora

Macquarie Generation / Delta Electricity / Eraring Energy

22 km SW of Dunedoo

New project, EIS under way

2015

12 Mt thermal

$1.3b

930

C

516

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drayton South

Anglo Coal Australia

13 km S of Muswellbrook

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2016

7 Mt thermal and semi-soft coking

na

500

C

59

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duralie Extension project

Gloucester Coal

20 km S of Stratford

Expansion, EIS under way

2014

1.6 Mt thermal and coking

na

135

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maules Creek

Aston Resources

360 km NW of Newscastle

New project, EIS under way

2013

10.8 Mt semi-soft coking and thermal

$651m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moolarben (stage 2)

Yancoal Australia

40 km SE of Mudgee

Expansion, EIS under way

na

10 Mt

$120m

122

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Pleasant Project

Rio Tinto / Mitsubishi

6 km NW of Muswellbrook

New project, feasibility study under way

na

10.5 Mt thermal

$1.3b

700

C

300

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Penny

Mt Penny Coal

3 km N of Bylong

New project, feasibility study under way

2014

3.5 Mt thermal

$440m

200

C

205

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRE No. 1 Colliery

Gujarat NRE Coking Coal

8 km N of Wollongong 

Expansion, awaiting govt approval

2014

increase to 3.2 Mt coking coal

$250m

65

C

350

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South East opencut

Yancoal Australia

14 km NW of Singleton

Expansion, govt approval not granted, appeal under way

na

3 Mt thermal

$290m

100

C

160

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarrawonga

Whitehaven

15 km NE of Boggabir

Expansion, EIS under way

na

1 Mt

$65m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United (open cut)

Xstrata

16 km W of Singleton

Expansion, feasibility study under way

na

4 Mt

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United (underground)

Xstrata

16 km W of Singleton

Expansion, feasibility study under way

na

3 Mt

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vickery

Whitehaven

20 km SE of Boggabri

New project, feasibility study under way

late 2013

4.5 Mt ROM

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wallarah underground longwall

Korea Resources Corp / Sojitz Corp

NW of Wyong

New project, govt approval not granted, second EIS under way

na

5 Mt thermal

$700m

2989

C

300

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wambo

Peabody Energy

30 km W of Singleton

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2014

3 Mt thermal and semi-soft coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warkworth extension

Rio Tinto

15 km SW of Singleton

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2017

nil (continuation of mining operations)

$629m

148

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watermark

Shenhua Energy

near Gunnedah

New project, govt approval under way

na

10 Mt thermal (ROM)

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Wallsend Colliery

Xstrata / Oceanic Coal Australia

Lake Macquarie

Expansion, EIS under way

na

5.5 Mt ROM

na

394

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wongawilli Colliery

Gujarat NRE Coking Coal

12 km W of Port Kembla

Expansion, awaiting govt approval

2016

2-3 Mt coking coal

$82m

15

C

250

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information contact: Rubhen Jeya +61 (2) 6243 7508

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project

Company b

Location

Status c

Expected Startup

New Capacity

Capital Expend. e

Employment f

 

Black coal ― mining projects ― Qld

             

Broadmeadow (mine life extension)

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)

30 km N of Moranbah

Expansion, under construction

2013

0.4 Mt coking

US$900m (A$882m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burton

Peabody Energy

150 km SW of Mackay

Expansion, under construction

late 2012

2-3 Mt hard coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caval Ridge / Peak Downs expansion

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)

20 km SW of Moranbah

New project, under construction

2014

8 Mt coking

US$4.2b (A$4.1b)

1200

C

500

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curragh Mine

Wesfarmers

200 km W of Rockhampton

Expansion, under construction

mid 2012

increase to 8.5 Mt

$286m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daunia

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)

25 km SE of Moranbah

New project, under construction

2013

4.5 Mt coking

US$1.6b (A$1.55b) excl. pre FID funding

450

C

300

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagle Downs (Peak Downs East underground)

Aquila Resources / Vale

20 km SE of Moranbah

New project, under construction

2016

4.5 Mt coking

$1.25b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensham bord and pillar underground mine

Ensham Resources

40 km NE of Emerald

Expansion, under construction

mid 2012

1.7 Mt thermal

$166m

80

C

160

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grosvenor underground

Anglo Coal Australia

8 km N of Moranbah

New project, under construction

2013

5 Mt hard coking

US$1.7b (A$1.66b)

500

C

450

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kestrel 

Rio Tinto

51 km NE of Emerald

Expansion, under construction

2013

1.3 Mt coking

US$2b (A$1.96b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Vermont

Jellinbah Resources

60 Km SE of Moranbah

Expansion, under construction

2013

4 Mt

$200m

1500

C

100

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millennium expansion

Peabody Energy

22 km E of Moranbah

Expansion, under construction

2013

1-2 Mt coking

US$275m (A$270m)

160

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actryus

Bandanna Energy

40 km SE of Emerald

New project, EIS under way

2013

5 Mt thermal (ROM)

na

300

C

150

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha Coal Project

GVK / Hancock Coal

120 km SW of Clermont

New project, EIS under way

2015

30 Mt thermal

$7.5b (inc. mine, port and rail)

2500

C

1600

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baralaba expansion

Cockatoo Coal

150 km W of Gladstone

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2014

3.5 Mt of PCI and thermal

$350m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belvedere underground

Aquila Resources / Vale

160 km W of Gladstone

New project, on hold

2016

7 Mt hard coking

$2.8b

500

C

500

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bundi Coal Project

MetroCoal

20 km SW of Wandoan

New project, feasibility study under way

2017

5 Mt thermal

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byerwen Coal Project

QCoal / JFE Steel Corporation

100 km S of Collinsville

New project, feasibility study under way

2014

10 Mt coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmichael Coal Project

Adani

160 km NW of Clermont

New project, EIS under way

2014

up to 60 Mt of thermal

$6.8b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China First Coal project (Waratah Galilee)

Waratah Coal

450 km W of Rockhampton

New project, awaiting govt approval

na

up to 40 Mt thermal

$8b

6000

C

1500

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Codrilla

Copabella & Moorvale Joint Venture

62 km SE of Moranbah

New project, EIS under way

2015

2.5 Mt PCI

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collinsville open cut

Xstrata

77 km S of Collinsville

Expansion, prefeasibility study under way

2013

6 Mt

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colton

New Hope Coal / Northern Energy

11km N of Maryborough

New project, EIS under way

2014

0.5 Mt coking

$84m

100

C

100

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curragh North

Wesfarmers

200 km W of Rockhampton

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2014

1.5 Mt coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawson South (stage 2)

Anglo Coal Australia / Mitsui

15 km NW of Theodore

Expansion, EIS under way

na

5–7 Mt thermal (ROM)

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denham

Peabody Energy

160 km W of Mackay

New project, feasibility study under way

2014

5-6 Mt coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dingo West

Bandanna Energy

150 km SW of Rockhampton

New project, feasibility study completed

2013

1 Mt PCI

$134m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drake Coal project

Q Coal

17 km S of Collinsville

New project, EIS under way

na

6 Mt

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eaglefield Expansion

Peabody Energy

36 km N of Moranbah

Expansion, feasibility study under way

2013

5.2 Mt coking (ROM)

na

650

C

700

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elimatta

New Hope Coal / Northern Energy

30 km W of Wandoan

New project, EIS under way

2016

5 Mt thermal

$580m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellensfield coal mine project

Nebo Central Coal / Vale

175 km W of Mackay

New project, EIS under way

na

4.5 Mt thermal and coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foxleigh Plains Project

Anglo Coal Australia

12 km SE of Middlemount

Expansion, EIS under way

na

3.2 Mt PCI

na

90

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Triangle Complex

Bandanna Energy

150 km NW of Moura

New project, EIS under way

2014

20 Mt thermal

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hail Creek expansion

Rio Tinto

120 km SW of Mackay

Expansion, prefeasibility study under way

na

2.5 Mt hard coking

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jellinbah East

Jellinbah Resources

90 km E of Emerald

Expansion, prefeasibility study under way

2014

1-2 Mt coking

$50-100m