Karin coal project

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The Karin coking coal project is a proposed underground and surface coking coal mine.[1] If approved it would lie close to the township of Clermont, on the western flank of the Bowen Basin, Queensland, Australia.[1]

Vitrinite, who are proposing the mine with ITOCHU, say that the coal is "high-fluidity coking-coal."[1]

Coal would likely be exported from Hay Point Coal Terminal and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal via the Wotonga Blair Athol Branch of the Goonyella Rail System.[1]


The undated image below shows the exact location of the proposed mine.[1]

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Coal Mine Background

In 2019 Vitrinite was named the preferred tenderer to apply for, and was granted an exploration permit for an extra area of land for the mine which is over 35 square kilometres, adjacent to the existing area for the proposed mine.[2]

The Karin Project was acquired by Vitrinite in August 2016.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Vitrinite and ITOCHU[4]
  • Parent Company:
  • Location: Clermont, Queensland[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -23.058371, 147.581142 (exact)[1]
  • Status: Proposed[1]
  • Production Capacity:1.7 mtpa
  • Total Resource: 123 million tonnes[5]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal type: Coking coal[1]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Opencast and underground[1]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Vitrinite, "Karin Basin – High Fluidity Coking Coal", Vitrinite website, 21 December 2016.
  2. National Resources Review, "Junior explorer selected for metallurgical coal exploration", National Resources Review, 9 September 2019.
  3. Australian Mining, "Itochu to accelerate Karin coking coal project development with Vitrinite", Australian Mining website, 7 March 2018.
  4. Vitrinite, "Vitrinite signs investment agreement with ITOCHU.", Vitrinite website, 6 March 2018.
  5. Tara Tyrrell, "123 million tonnes of coking coal found in the Karin Basin", Queensland Mining and Energy website, 23 May 2017.

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