Callide Coal Mine

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Callide Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Biloela, Queensland, Australia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Callide Coal Mine Biloela, Queensland, Australia -24.310921, 150.622173 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the coal mine:

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Operating 1944

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
11[1] 7.593[2] 2022[2] Surface Open Pit 176 50* 700[3]

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
244[4] 2012[4] 1700 Callide Basin Subbituminous Thermal Callide power station

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Batchfire Resources Batchfire Resources Australia

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


The Callide coal mine is surface mine, operated by Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd, near Gladstone in Central Queensland, Australia.

The mine produces for the Callide power station. 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 mine.[5] 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.”[5] The power station generates approximately 18 percent of Queensland’s electricity.[6]

The company AngloAmerican owned Callide mine up until October 2016, when Batchfire bought the entire mine.[7] 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.[8]

  • Operator: Batchfire Callide Management Pty Ltd[9]
  • Owner: Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd[10]
  • Location: 120km southwest of Gladstone and 20km northeast of the town of Biloela in Central Queensland[10]
  • GPS Coordinates: -24.310921, 150.622173 (exact)
  • Status: Operating[11]
  • Capacity: 11 mtpa[10]
  • Production: 10.8 million tonnes[12] (2019)
  • Total Resource: 1.07 billion tonnes[10]
  • Mineable Reserves: 194.5 million tonnes[13]
  • Coal Type: Sub-bituminous (Thermal)[12]
  • Mine Size: 176-180 square kilometers[10]
  • Mine Type: Open cut[12]
  • Start Year: 1944[10]
  • Source of Financing:

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.”[14] 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.[15]

"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.

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  5. 5.0 5.1 "Callide" AngloAmerican website, March 2015
  6. "Batchfire Resources acquires Callide coal mine from Anglo American." SteelGuru, November 9, 2016
  7. "Xenith Completes Buy-Side Assessment of Anglo’s Iconic Callide Coal Mine" Mining Technology website, October 31, 2018
  8. ANDREW THORPE, "New laws present hurdle for quick mine acquisitions" The Central Telegraph, May 24, 2016
  9. Batchfire Callide Management Pty Ltd, Bloomberg, accessed March 2023.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 "Callide Coal Mine" Batchfire Website, Accessed June 9, 2022
  11. "Australian Mines Atlas" Australian Atlas of Minerals Resources, Mines & Processing Centers, Accessed March 2, 2020
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Callide Mine" Mining Data Solutions, Accessed March 2, 2020
  13. Anglo American,Anglo American Ore Reserves and Mineral Resources Report 2015, accessed November 2020
  14. "Callide mine given extended life", The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory, January 4, 2018
  15. Vanessa Jarrett, "Reaction mixed over Callide mine extension" The Gladstone Observer, January 8 , 2018