Mount Pleasant coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

The Mount Pleasant coal mine is operated by Mach Energy Australia, currently ramping up production to 10.5 million tonnes per annum, four kilometres north-west of Muswellbrook, in the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.[1]

Mach Energy is currently investigating the Mount Pleasant Optimisation Project to increase production to 21 million tonnes, doubling the productive capacity of the mine. An Environment Impact Statement is currently in progress.[2][3]


The mine is located adjacent to the Bengalla mine in New South Wales, Australia.

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The former owner Caol & Allied previously stated that "the proposed mine would produce up to 10.5 million tonnes of thermal coal for international markets. The deposit holds 459 million tonnes of thermal coal. Coal & Allied obtained authority over the Mount Pleasant resource in 1992. Exploration, mining studies and an environmental impact statement (EIS) were completed in 1997 with development consent granted in 1999. In November 2006 Coal & Allied announced the commencement of a feasibility study into Mount Pleasant's potential development, and in 2007 a shopfront was opened at 19 Bridge Street Muswellbrook for engagement with the community."[4]

The company states that the proposed mine would be an open cut project and employ "approximately 340 employees". Coal from the proposed mine would be transportated 115km to the Port Waratah Coal Terminal in Newcastle "to be shipped to international customers". The company also states that the deposit "has reserves of 459 million tonnes."[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Mach Energy Australia[1]
  • Location: Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
  • GPS Coordinates: -32.25591661, 150.8499847 (exact)
  • Status: operating
  • Capacity: 10.5 million tonnes[3]
  • Production: 5.97 million tonnes[5]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 459 MT[4]
  • Coal Type:Bituminous[1]
  • Mine Type: Surface[3]
  • Mining Method: Opencut[3]
  • Mine Size: 28 km2[1]
  • Mine Depth:220 m[1]
  • Start Year:2018[1]
  • Number of employees: 340[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Expansion Details

  • Prodctuion:6.5 million tonnes per annum (17 million tonnes per annum total)[6]
  • Start Year: TBD[2]
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Number of employees: 220[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Mount Pleasant, Operations, Company Website, accessed August 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 New South Wales, Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment, Major Projects, Mount Pleasant Optimisation Project
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 NS Energy, Mount Pleasant Coal Mine, accessed August 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Coal & Allied, "Mount Pleasant Project", Coal & Allied website, accessed July 2010.
  5. Mount Pleasant, Mining Data Solutions, accessed December 2021
  6. Mach sets up expansion at Mount Pleasant, Australian Mining, Feb 2021

Related articles

External resources

Coal & Allied documents on the proposed extension

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