Lake Vermont coal mine
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The Lake Vermont coal mine is a project operated by Jellinbah Resources and owned by the Lake Vermont Joint Venture. The joint venture includes the Jellinbah Group with 70% interest, Marubeni Coal with 10% interest, Sojitz Coal with 10% interest and AMCI with 10% interest. The project is located 18 km north east of Dysart, in Central Queensland.
The map below shows the exact location of the mine.
Lake Vermont shipped their first coal in February 2009. Since, the mine has undergone at least one expansion in 2012/2013. This expansion increased annual production capacity to 8 million tonnes per year.
In August 2019, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved an application from the Lake Vermont Joint Venture to voluntarily prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed project, an extension to the original Lake Vermont mine known as the Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project.
According to the Queensland Government website: "The proposed project would enable the metallurgical and pulverised coal injection production from the existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine to be maintained at the currently approved levels of up to 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of run of mine (ROM) coal (equivalent to approximately 9.5 Mtpa of product coal). The proposed project would mine up to 7 Mtpa of ROM coal to produce approximately 5.5 Mtpa of metallurgical product coal over approximately 20-25 years."
Additionally, "Pending approvals, construction of surface and seam access infrastructure is scheduled to commence by the end of 2022, with first underground development coal to be mined by late 2024. Full underground mine production is scheduled for late 2026 with the commencement of longwall operations."
The Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project is a proposed extension of the existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine. The proposed project includes an underground mine, three small-scale ‘satellite’ open-cut pits and supporting infrastructure. The goal is that the extension will begin increasing production as the original Lake Vermont coal mine winds down its coals reserves, so that overall annual production remains constant. The current schedule suggests that the first underground development coal will be mined by late 2024. 
- Sponsor: Lake Vermont Joint Venture
- Parent Company: The Lake Vermont Joint Venture includes Jellinbah Group (70%) in the mine, and Marubeni Coal, Sojitz Coal and AMCI (10% interest each).
- Location: Located near Dysart in Queensland.
- GPS Coordinates: -22.4611726, 148.4056045 (exact)
- Status: Lake Vermont coal mine is operating, Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project is proposed.
- Production Capacity: The current production capacity at Lake Vermont is 8 Mtpa. With the implementation of the Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project, production capacity is likely to remain the same, and at the least under 12 Mtpa ROM coal.
- Total Resource:
- Mineable Reserves: 184 Mt
- Coal type: hard coking coal, low volatile PCI coal and thermal coal
- Mine Size:
- Mine Type: Current mine is open cut, but the expansion will include an underground mine.
- Start Year: 2009
- Source of Financing:
Articles and resources
- "Lake Vermont Mine," "Jellinbah Group website," accessed June 2020.
- "Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project," "Queensland Government," April 30, 2020.
- "Terms of reference for an environmental impact statement under the Environmental Protection Act 1994: Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project proposed by Bowen Basin Coal Pty Ltd," "Queensland Government," April 2020.
- "Sojitz to Expand Lake Vermont Coal Mine in Australia," "Sojitz website," December 24, 2010.
- "Jellinbah Group," "Jellinbah Group website," accessed June 2020.