Sarum Coal Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Sarum Coal Project is a coal open cut and underground mine project proposed by Glencore to produce both thermal and metallurgical coal.[1] The project is located 20 km south of Collinsville, Queensland, Australia.

This project appears to be on hold, with no mention of it on Glencore Australia's website.[2]

Coal is expected to be exported via Abbot Point Coal Terminal.[3]


The undated image below shows the exact location of the proposed Sarum coal project.[4]

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Coal Mine Background

The mine was proposed by the Newlands, Collinsville, Abbot Point Joint Venture, which was 55% owned by Xstrata, 25% Itochu Coal Resources Australia, 10% ICRA NCA and 10% Sumisho Coal Australia project. In 2013 Glencore made a $44bn takeover of Xstrata to form Glencore Xstrata. The combined company's name changed to Glencore in 2014.[5] In December 2016 Glencore has acquired its joint venture partners' interests in the Newlands and Collinsville mines. Whether interests in the proposed Sarum mine were also sold is unclear.[3]

Tenements at the Sarum Project expire between April 2021 and May 2023. An application for the grant of a new Mineral Development Licence that covers the entire project area has been lodged.[6]

In 2010 the project had a notional commissioning date of 2014,[7] but little subsequent progression is evident.

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Glencore
  • Location: 20 km south of Collinsville
  • GPS Coordinates: -20.756667, 147.903333 (exact)[4]
  • Status: Shelved
  • Production Capacity: 11 Mt/year[3]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 220 Mt[3]
  • Coal type: Coking and thermal coal
  • Mine Size: 18,938 hectares[3]
  • Mine Type: Underground (longwall) and surface mining[1]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Glencore, "Glencore - Resources & Reserves Report 2018" Page 52, 31 December 2018.
  2. Glencore, "Australia is an important part of our global business" Glencore website, accessed 16 October 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Blair Price, "Another longwall option in the Sarum project" Australia's Mining Monthly, 7 April 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wikimapia "Sarum ML10336" 2014.
  5. "Glencore Xstrata PLC Drops Merger Name" Mining Global, 22 May 2014.
  6. Glencore, "Glencore - Resources & Reserves Report 2018" Page 54, 31 December 2018.
  7. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, "Minerals and energy: Major development projects", April 2010. (Pdf). The list is also available in Excel format here.)

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