Daunia coal project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Daunia coal mine is a metallurgical open cut coal mine in Queensland that commenced operations in 2013. It is owned by a 50:50 joint venture between BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi, known as BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.


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Daunia Mine was first proposed in 2008 and came into operation by 2013, though it was originally supposed to be in operation by 2010.[1] In addition to the 4.5 mtpa mine, a coal handling preparation plant is present at the site.[2]

Daunia mine is one of four components of the BMA Bowen Basin Coal Growth Project. The others are Caval Ride mine, Goonyella Riverside mine expansion, and the Moranbah airport, which has since been discontinued.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)[2]
  • Parent Company: BHP Billiton (50% interest), Mitsubishi (50% interest)[2]
  • Location: 30 km south-east of Moranbah, and about 170 km south-west of Mackay in Queensland.[2]
  • GPS Coordinates: -22.041322, 148.270717 (exact)
  • Status: operating
  • Production Capacity: 4.5 million tonnes per year[3]
  • Total Resource: 157 Mt[4]
  • Mineable Reserves: 145 Mt[4]
  • Coal type: semi-hard coking coal and pulverised coal injection coal[4]
  • Mine Size: 2690 hectares[3]
  • Mine Type: open cut[4]
  • Start Year: 2013[3]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "BMA Bowen Basin Growth Project: Initial Advice Statement," "BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance," May 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Daunia Mine," "Queensland Government: Department of State Development, Tourism, and Innovation," June 7, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "BMA's Daunia mine finally pulling coal from the ground," "Sunshine Coast Daily," June 1, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Daunia Coal Mine, Queensland," "Mining Technology," accessed June 2020.

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