Mount Arthur coal mine

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Mount Arthur coal mine is a surface mine owned and operated by New South Wales Energy Coal (NSWEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton, producing 17 million tonnes per annum, near the town of Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.


The mine is located near the town of Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The map below shows the exact location of the mine

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On its website the company states that the mine produces up to 20 million tonnes per annum for domestic and export power generation.[1] A 2009 document from the company states that the mine can produce up to 28 million tonnes per annum. A 2009 environmental assessment states that "export coal is loaded onto trains via the Bayswater Rail Loading Facility whilst domestic coal is transported via conveyor directly to Macquarie Generation's Bayswater power station".[2]


Greenpeace protest against Mt Arthur Coal

In June 2011 a Greenpeace activist locked himself in a box fixed to a railway line used by the Mt Arthur coal mine in a protest calling on BHP Billiton to pay a price on carbon.[3] Four protesters were arrested by New South Wales Police.[4]

BHP Billiton sale

In June 2020 BHP Billiton was reported to have initiated the sale of the Mount Arthur mine by appointing JPMorgan Chase and Australian bank Macquarie as advisors. Reuters reported banking sources suggesting that the sale could take place by the end of 2020, with Australia’s Whitehaven Coal Ltd, China’s Yancoal and India’s Adani Enterprises thought to be potential buyers.[5]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: BHP Billiton
  • Location: Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.
  • GPS Coordinates: -32.346525,150.8951 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 17 Mt/year[6]
  • Total Resource: 213 million tonnes
  • Minable Reserves:
  • Coal type: Met
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: surface
  • Mining Method: opencut
  • Start Year:1968
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. BHP Billiton, "Mt Arthur Coal", BHP Billiton website, accessed June 2010.
  2. Hunter Valley Energy Coal, "Mt Arthur Coal Preliminary Environmental Assessment", March 18, 2009, page 11.
  3. "Coal train stopped in tracks", Media Release, June 8, 2011.
  4. "Coal protesters detained by NSW Police", Sydney Morning Herald, June 8, 2011.
  5. Clara Denina, Melanie Burton, "BHP puts Australian thermal coal mine up for sale: sources,", Reuters, Jun. 23, 2020.
  6. NS Energy Business, Goonyella Riversiade Coal Mine, accessed June 19, 2020

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External resources

  • BHP Billiton, "Mt Arthur Coal", BHP Biliton, Investor/Analyst Presentation, September 2003

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