Blackwood Mine (Cornwall Colliery)

From Global Energy Monitor

Blackwood Coal Mine, also known as the Cornwall Colliery, is located in the Fingal Valley in northeast Tasmania.[1]


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Blackwood Mine has been operating in Tasmania since the 1980s.[2] There have been several iterations of the Blackwood mine, with the latest known as Blackwood No. 4. Previous iterations were Blackwood No.1 - No.3.[3]

Rehabilitation has begun at Blackwood No.3.[4]

Blackwood 4 is currently being mined and is expected to have 30 more years remaining in its mine life.[5]

Major consumers of Blackwood’s coal include the Norske Skog Paper mill at Boyer and Cement Australia at Railton. Years ago, Blackwood had more customers, but many switched over to natural gas instead of coal.[6]

Mining has played an important role in the Fingal Valley since the 1860s, when black coal was discovered there. A railway line built in 1886 running frm Fingal Valley to St Marys, a nearby town, allowed mining to flourish and provide the majority of Tasmania’s coal. The Cornwall Coal Company is the only supplier of coal mined in Tasmania.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Cornwall Coal Company[5]
  • Location: Located 4km NW of St Mary’s and 85 kilometres south east of Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city at the head of the Fingal valley, in NE Tasmania.[5][6]
  • GPS Coordinates: -41.559798, 148.130942 (exact)
  • Status: Operating[5]
  • Production Capacity: 600,000 mtpa[6]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal type: bituminous coal[5]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: underground[5]
  • Start Year: 1980[2]
  • Source of Financing:
  1. John Skinner, "Cornwall Mine Miracle", Christian Today, accessed May 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Coal Resources of Tasmania", Tasmania Department of Resources and Energy: Division of Mines and Mineral Resources, 1991
  3. "Record of Investigation into death", Magistrates Court of Tasmania, 25 August 2010.
  4. "Australia Business and Investment Opportunities Yearbook Volume 8 Tasmania Mining and Minerals", International BUSINESS PUBN, 16 December 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Blackwood Coal Mine",, February 2020.
  6. "Cornwall", Our Tasmania: East Coast and Tasman Peninsula, accessed May 2020.