Winchester South coal project

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The Winchester South coal project is an undeveloped coal deposit in Queensland in which Whitehaven Coal has a 75% interest.[1]


The image below shows the approximate location of the proposed mine project.

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Prior to Whitehaven, Rio Tinto had a 75% interest in Winchester South coal project.[2] They sold the project to Whitehaven in 2018.

As of June 2020, Whitehaven has lodged an application for a 15 mtpa open cut mine, and are preparing the draft environmental impact statement. They have many steps to go before the project is approved. The company is hoping to bring the mine into production by 2023.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Whitehaven Coal (75%), Scentre Group (25%)[1]
  • Location: Located 30km south-east of Moranbah, in Queensland’s well-established Bowen Basin.
  • GPS Coordinates: -22.1508629, 148.1757381 (proposed)
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Production Capacity: 15 mtpa[3]
  • Total Resource: 530 Mt[4]
  • Mineable Reserves: 130 Mt[4]
  • Coal type: high quality coking coal[3]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Depth: 150m (max)
  • Mine Type: Surface, open cut[3]
  • Start Year: 2023[3]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Whitehaven to acquire Winchester South Project from Rio Tinto," "Whitehaven Coal," March 22, 2018.
  2. Rio Tinto, 2009 Annual Report: Mineral resources", Rio Tinto, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Winchester South Project," "Whitehaven Coal website," accessed June 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Winchester South Project," "Mining Data Solutions," accessed June 2020.

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