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The Commodore mine (also known as Millmerran) is an open cut thermal mine in Queensland Australia that supplies coal to the Millmerran power station, an 850 megawatt coal-fired power station owned by Intergen. The power station is located near the town of Millmerran on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland. . The mine is operated by Downer EDI and will likely operate through August 2024.
It is unclear when mining at Commodore mine officially began. MiningLink reports that at the beginning of 1991, the Commodore coal mine was mining 3.25 million tonnes of coal per year. According to Queensland Coal: Physical and Chemical Properties, Colliery and Company Information, published in 2003, “construction of the mine commenced in May 2001, and coal supply to the 840MW Millmerran power station commenced in 2002.”
Commodore is the only coal provider for the Milmerran power station. The Commodore coal reserves are estimated to be sufficient to fuel the plant for at least 50 years of operation. Also notable is that Commodore mine was the first open pit coal mine in the world to dedicate itself to using entirely biodiesel fuel.
In September 2018, Downer EDI received a contract extension from the Milmerran Power Partners to continue mining for five more years, until August 2024.
- Sponsor: Downer EDI
- Parent Company: InterGen Australia (53.69%) Marubeni Corporation (30%) GEC (6.31%) EIF Group (5.00%) Tohoku Electric Power Company (5.00%) (as of at least 2014)
- Location: Located 10km south of Millmerran, and approximately 180km south-west of Brisbane in Queensland.
- GPS Coordinates: -27.9343501, 151.2554422
- Status: Operating
- Production Capacity: 3.6Mtpa
- Total Resource: 177 Mt (as of 1999)
- Mineable Reserves:
- Coal type: High volatile, low sulphur bituminous thermal coal
- Mine Size:
- Mine Type: open-cut
- Start Year: 2002
- Source of Financing:
Articles and resources
- Intergen, "Millmerran", Intergen webvsite, accessed June 2011.
- "Downer receives contract extension at Commodore coal mine," "MiningTechnology," September 6, 2018.
- Andrew J. Mutton, "QUEENSLAND COALS: Physical and Chemical Properties, Colliery and Company Information. 14th Edition.," "Department of Natural Resources and Mines: Bureau of Mining and Petroleum," 2003.
- "COMMODORE," "miningoilgas," accessed June 2020.
- "Commodore Mine," "Australian Government: Bioregional Assessment," accessed June 2020.
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