Elimatta Coal Mine

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Elimatta Coal Mine is a proposed coal mine in Taroom, Queensland, Australia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Elimatta Coal Mine Taroom, Queensland, Australia -26.021614, 149.613529 (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 Project Type Opening Year Closing Year
Proposed[1] Exploration[1] New 2027 (planned)

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
4 Surface Open Pit 446 50* *

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
112[1] 2023[1] 239[1] Bowen Subbituminous Thermal Wiggins Island Coal Terminal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Taroom Coal New Hope Group China

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


Elimatta is a proposed thermal coal surface mine, the site is located in Southern Queensland, Australia, approximately 45 kilometres southwest of Taroom.[2]

While the Elimatta mine is still mentioned on the owner's (New Hope Group's) website and in their 2022 annual report, because there have been no development news within the past couple of years, the project appears to be shelved. Since 2014, there is no evidence of continuation of this proposal, but if Adani's Carmichael Coal Project is constructed the Elimatta coal mine is much more likely to go ahead as it will use the same train line to transport coal produced. At present there is no mining in the Galilee Basin. The commencement of the Adani mine would change this and could mean that a number of the other proposals in the area are also advanced.[3]

Northern Energy Corporation were developing proposals for this site which was bought out by New Hope Coal in 2011.[4] The Elimatta project has progressed through the Land Court process.[2] The Environmental Impact Statement has been approved, subject to conditions in July 2014.[5] The lifetime of the proposal is for 40 years.[2]

Should the Elimatta coal mine project be approved and constructed, coal would be transported by rail to Wiggins Island Coal Terminal at Gladstone via rail.[6]

  • Operator: Taroom Coal[6]
  • Owner: New Hope Group[2]
  • Location: 45 kilometres southwest of Taroom and 380 km northwest of Brisbane, in Southern Queensland, Australia.[2]
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.021614, 149.613529 (approximate)
  • Status: Proposed, Shelved[2]
  • Production Capacity: 8.2 mtpa originally; reduced to 5 mtpa[6][7]
  • Total Resource: 239 million tonnes (2022)[8]
  • Minable Reserves: 112 million tonnes (2022)[8]
  • Coal Type: Thermal coal[6]
  • Mine Size: 4,460 hectares[6]
  • Mine Type: Surface[2]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20240205192329/https://newhopegroup.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/New-Hope-Group-Annual-Report-2023.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 05 February 2024. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 New Hope Group "Elimatta" New Hope website, accessed 13 September 2019.
  3. Jemima Burt, "Adani could be 'ice-breaker' for six more proposed Galilee Basin mines, resources body says" ABC News, 11 Jun 2019.
  4. Northern Energy Corporation, "Northern Energy Corporation highlights company progress" Ferret, 3 March 2008
  5. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection "Environmental impact statement assessment report under the environmental protection act 1994" page 62 Queensland Government website, July 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Mining Link "Elimatta", MiningLink website, accessed 13 September 2019.
  7. IEA,Coal 2021 Analysis and Forecast, accessed January 2022
  8. 8.0 8.1 Notice Of Annual General Meeting, Proxy Form & Annual Report, New Hope Group website, accessed March 2023.