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About: The Aquila underground coal mine is located 25 kilometres south west of the town of Middlemount and 240 kilometres south west of Mackay, in the heart of the Bowen Basin in central Queensland. It is a within easy driving distance of Rockhampton and Emerald.

Aquila Owned and Operated by Capcoal

The Aquila mine is a bord and pillar coal mining operation owned by Capcoal, a coal mining company that is in turn owned by Anglo American with a 70 percent share holding and Mitsui Coal Holdings Australia which has a 30 percent ownership.

Aquila Placed on Care and Maintenance in July 2013

The Aquila mine was placed on care and maintenance in July 2013 by Anglo American which claimed the closure was due to the forecast that the low coal price being experienced at that time was expected to continue into 2014. The Aquila mine was producing about 0.5 million tonnes of premium hard coking coal annually when the decision was taken to place the mine on a care and maintenance basis.

Aquila Feasibility Study Recommends Reopening as a Longwall Operation

A brownfield feasibility study into the Aquila mine reopening, that started in October, 2013, has recommended that the Aquila resource, when becoming operational again, be done so as a standalone longwall operation. This will require the building of surface infrastructure and the development of longwall panels along with the construction of certain underground infrastructure to fully support the recommencement of mining operations.

The Aquila project will go ahead as a single longwall underground mine with all the necessary supporting infrastructure to allow the operation to exploit two coal seams, the Aquila Lower and the Aquila seams. When the Aquila underground mine is commissioned in early 2017 the production target will be around 3.5 million ROM (run-of-mine) tonnes annually with a peak of 4.8 million tonnes a year being achievable.

The longwall operation at the Aquila underground mine is to be supported by two continuous miner development units with the ROM coal being transferred from the development underground via the longwall units with the use of a conveyor belt system. The conveyor belts will link up with a new surface conveyor to take the coal to a new larger ROM stockpile on the surface.

Aquila Coal Railed 360 Kilometres for Export

The ROM coal stockpiled at the Aquila mine will be taken from the stockpile by an existing overland conveyor to the existing German Creek CHPP (Coal Handling Preparation Plant) where it will be processed. After processing the coal will be taken by rail to the RG Tanna and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals, a distance of 360 kilometres, where it will be loaded onto ships for export.

Anglo American is one of the largest diversified mining companies in the world that has mining operations in Asia, North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. It is a world leader in the mining of diamonds and platinum. Mitsui Coal Holdings (MCH) was founded in 1982 as a holding company for its Japanese parent company, Mitsui. MCH has 18 Australian coal mining investments, exploration and development projects across New South Wales and Queensland.


Capcoal is owned by Anglo American (70%) in joint venture with Mitsui Coal Holdings Australia (30%). The mines operated under Capcoal are two underground mines Grasstree and Aquila, and two open-cut mines Lake Lindsay and Oak Park in the heart of the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland and are more


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