Ironbark No. 1 coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Ironbark No. 1 coal mine, formerly known as the Ellensfield Coal Project, is a proposed underground longwall mine 30 kilometres north-east of Moranbah, in the Bowen Basin, central Queensland, Australia.[1]

The mine is expected to have a 25 year life.[2]

Fitzroy Resources Australia plan to construct a gas-fired power plant (up to 20MW) to power the mine.[3]

Location

The undated image below shows the approximate location of the proposed mine, 30km north east of Moranbah.

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Coal Mine Background

As of October 2019 Fitzroy is finalising the feasibility and approval processes.[1]

The Ironbark mine was approved on the 31st October 2018.[4]

Fitzroy Australia Resources acquired Ironbark No.1, which neighbours Carborough Downs mine and the Broadlea project from Brazilian mining giant Vale in November 2016. Ironbark would share major infrastructure with Carborough Downs.[4]

Ironbark would become the first new development from a group of assets Fitzroy acquired from Brazilian miner Vale in November 2016.[5]

The final amendment to the Environmental Impact Statement was made on 11 September 2012.[6]

In 2010 an Environmental Impact Statement is currently being prepared for the project. The project will produce 4.5 million tonnes of thermal and coking coal.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Fitzroy Australia Resources (60%)[1], Nebo Central Coal (40%)[8]
  • Parent Company: Riverstone and AMCI own Fitzroy Australia[9]
  • Location: 30 kilometres north-east of Moranbah and 125 kilometres south-west of Mackay, Central Queensland[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -21.801604, 148.223014 (approximate)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 6 Mtpa[10]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 380 million tonnes[11]
  • Coal type: Coking coal and thermal coal[12]
  • Mine Size: 1000 hectares[13]
  • Mine Type: Underground, longwall mining
  • Start Year: 2020[5]
  • Source of Financing:

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fitzroy Australia Resources, "The Business", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, accessed 30 October 2019.
  2. Fitzroy Australia Resources, "New life for Bowen Basin coal sites", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, 9 December 2017
  3. Fitzroy Australia Resources, "Ironbark No.1 Coal Mine Project Initial Development Plan", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, page 3, 25 October 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Steve Zeppa, "Ironbark No. 1 mine in Queensland approved", Mesca News, 31 October 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fitzroy Australia Resources, "Fitzroy targets inexperienced mine workers for Ironbark No.1", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, 14 December 2018.
  6. Department of Environment and Heritage and Protection, "Ellensfield Coal Mine Project Environmental Impact Statement Assessment Report Adequacy of the EIS in addressing the TOR", page 6, State of Queensland, December 2012.
  7. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, "Minerals and energy: Major development projects", April 2010. (Pdf). The list is also available in Excel format here.)
  8. "MINING LEASE NOTICE: Proposed coal mine – Mining Lease Application Number 700024 - for a term of 25 years – Emerald Mining District," "Fitzroy CQ Pty Ltd and Nebo Central Coal Pty Ltd", October 26, 2017.
  9. Fitzroy Australia Resources, "The owners", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, accessed 30 October 2019.
  10. Fitzroy Australia Resources, "Ironbark on track to start producing coal by Q1 2020", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, 23 September 2018.
  11. Fitzroy Australia Resources, "Ironbark No.1 Coal Mine Project Initial Development Plan", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, page 30, 25 October 2017.
  12. Fitzroy Australia Resources, "Ironbark on track to start producing coal by Q1 2020", Fitzroy Australia Resources website, page 29 23 September 2018.
  13. Department of Environment and Heritage and Protection, "Ellensfield Coal Mine Project Environmental Impact Statement Assessment Report Adequacy of the EIS in addressing the TOR", page 3, State of Queensland, December 2012.

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