Ewington Coal Mine

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Ewington Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Collie, Western Australia, Australia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Ewington Coal Mine Collie, Western Australia, Australia -33.3624, 116.25 (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[1] 1996 2026 (planned)[2]

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
2 Surface Open Pit 60* 314*

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
60.8 Collie Bituminous Thermal & Met Bluewaters power station

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd ICICI Bank India, Australia

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


Ewington Coal Mine (also known as Griffin Coal Mine) is a surface coal mine located 10 kilometres east of Collie in Western Australia.

As of 2011, the mine was owned and operated by Griffin Coal, a subsidiary of Lanco Infratech Limited. However, Lanco (and Griffin Coal) have since entered into receivership.[3] In June 2021, Griffin Coal invoked "force majeure" to suspend operations.[4]

As of 2023, the mine's current ownership, status, and fate remain unclear; the mine appears to be mothballed. Ewington is an open cut coal mine with the Ewington 2 mine developed in 1996. The Ewington 1 mine was developed in 2009.[5]

The Indian firm Lanco Infratech acquired the mine in 2011, but entered receivership in 2017. Despite this, Griffin Coal remained operational. However, in June 2021, Griffin Coal invoked "force majeure," using the excuse of "a very wet winter" to suspend operations.[6]

The mine, which is now in the hands of Indian bank ICICI following the implosion of Lanco, is believed to have lost money almost every year since being acquired by Indian interests.[7] In late-2022, it was reported that Griffin Coal owed over $1.4 billion to secured creditors through a trustee known as "Certane" which acts on behalf of an Indian banking syndicate led by ICICI Bank.[8] (ICICI Bank has been the ultimate owner of Ewington Mine since Lanco Infratech hit the wall in 2017.)[8]

In December 2022, the Western Australia Government reportedly offered $19.5 billion USD to continue operations in a bid to protect the state's electricity supply, but Griffin Coal has yet to accept the offer.[9] A government official admitted that they would not ordinarily intervene in this manner, but noted that Griffin has a role to play in supporting a stable energy system while Western Australia continues to transition away from coal-fired power generation, and the government could not sit idly by while stability of Western Australia's energy system was at risk.[9]

Griffin Coal supplies the Japanese-owned Bluewaters power station, which feeds into Western Australia's main electricity network, the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).[9]

In November 2023, the mine has received another huge taxpayer-funded lifeline, to the tune of more than $200 million from the WA government. The Premier Roger Cook announced an extension of the WA government's financial support for the Griffin Coal mine until 2026 to avoid putting the Perth and South West electricity system at risk of blackouts.[10]

  • Operator: The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd[11]
  • Owner: ICICI Bank[12]
  • Location: Collie, Western Australia
  • GPS Coordinates: -33.361338,116.252589
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Production Capacity: 2 mtpa
  • Total Resource: 1.2 billion tonnes[13]
  • Mineable Reserves: 60.8 million tonnes (1992)[14]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Met and Thermal)
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1996
  • Source of Financing:

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  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20240307001949/https://www.amsj.com.au/coal-mine-reopens-after-securing-220m-lifeline/. Archived from the original on 07 March 2024. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2023/12/04/220-million-bailout-so-griffin-coal-mine-can-continue-till-mid-2026/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. Projects, IJGlobal, accessed Oct 2022
  4. 'Broke' Griffin Coal invokes force majeure, citing wet winter to suspend operations ABC News, 29 Jul 2021.
  5. Griffin Coal, "Ewington 1 & 2 Mines", Griffin Coal website, accessed November 2010.
  6. 'Broke' Griffin Coal invokes force majeure, citing wet winter to suspend operations ABC News, 29 Jul 2021.
  7. Daniel Mercer, "WA's biggest private power station moves to take over loss-making, Indian-owned coal mine", ABC News Australia, 31 August 2022.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Daniel Mercer, "Failed Griffin Coal mine owes close to $1.5 billion to creditors as WA electricity grid woes loom", ABC News Australia, 4 October 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Rebecca Trigger, "WA government offers $19.5 million to keep struggling Griffin Coal mine operational", ABC News Australia, 14 February 2023.
  10. Foreign-owned Griffin Coal mine receives another huge WA taxpayer-funded lifeline, ABC News, Accessed in March 2024
  11. "Ewington Open Cut Coal Mine, Collie", Government of Western Australia EPA website, accessed April 2023.
  12. Daniel Mercer, "Failed Griffin Coal mine owes close to $1.5 billion to creditors as WA electricity grid woes loom", ABC News Australia, 4 Oct. 2022.
  13. "Natural Resources", Lanco Group website, accessed April 2023.
  14. EPA Report, accessed June 2020