Callide mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Callide coal mine is surface mine, operated by Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd, producing 10 million tonnes per annum, near Gladstone in Central Queensland, Australia.

The mine produces for the Callide power station.

Location

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Background

Mining commenced at the Callide mine in 1944. Callide mine is an open cut operation with four distinct ‘pits’ in which mining takes place: Dunn Creek, Trap Gully, The Hut and Boundary Hill.[1] Trap Gully and The Hut are the latest additions and were developed 1981 and 1990, respectively, because of an increasing demand for coal and economic considerations.

The primary customer for Callide mine’s coal is the nearby Callide Power Station, which “uses Callide mine’s coal to supply baseload electricity to Australia’s national grid.”[1] The power station generates approximately 18 percent of Queensland’s electricity.[2]

The company AngloAmerican owned Callide mine up until October 2016, when Batchfire bought the entire mine.[3] The mine is currently owned 100% by Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd. At the time of the sale, several environmental groups expressed concern that the relatively new company would not be able to pay for potential environmental rehabilitation obligations, especially after it was revealed that Batchfire, at the time of the purchase, was worth only $750,000.[4]

Opposition to Expansion

In January 2018, Batchfire’s Boundary Hill mine was granted a mining lease that extended the operation until 2043, which caused some dispute. In a media statement, Dr. Anthony Lynham, the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, wrote that “the lease provided job security for the current 450 employees at the Callide Mine Complex for another 25 years.”[5] However, Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for Mining and Resources, Andrew Bartlett, released a statement that accused the decision of “betray(ing) Queenslanders while serving the interests of the Labor Party's paymasters in the fossil fuel industry,” according to the Observer.[6]

"Coal kills. If we don't invest in renewable, clean energy, parts of Queensland will become unliveable, natural disasters will be far worse and farming will be devastated," Bartlett said, according to The Observer.

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd[7]
  • Location: 120km southwest of Gladstone and 20km northeast of the town of Biloela in Central Queensland[7]
  • GPS Coordinates: -24.310921, 150.622173 (exact)
  • Status: operating[8]
  • Production Capacity: 10 mtpa[7]
  • Total Resource: 1.7 billion tonnes[7]
  • Mineable Reserves: 225 million tonnes[9]
  • Coal type: Sub-bituminous thermal[10]
  • Mine Size: 176-180 square kilometers[7]
  • Mine Type: Open cut mining[10]
  • Start Year: 1944[7]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Callide" AngloAmerican website, March 2015
  2. "Batchfire Resources acquires Callide coal mine from Anglo American." SteelGuru, November 9, 2016
  3. "Xenith Completes Buy-Side Assessment of Anglo’s Iconic Callide Coal Mine" Mining Technology website, October 31, 2018
  4. ANDREW THORPE, "New laws present hurdle for quick mine acquisitions" The Central Telegraph, May 24, 2016
  5. "Callide mine given extended life", The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory, January 4, 2018
  6. Vanessa Jarrett, "Reaction mixed over Callide mine extension" The Gladstone Observer, January 8 , 2018
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Callide Coal Mine" Batchfire Website, Accessed March 2, 2020
  8. "Australian Mines Atlas" Australian Atlas of Minerals Resources, Mines & Processing Centers, Accessed March 2, 2020
  9. Anglo American,Callide Mine Factsheet, accessed November 2020
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Callide Mine" Mining Data Solutions, Accessed March 2, 2020

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