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About: The Cows coal mine in central Queensland, that is located 13 kilometres south of Collinsville, is owned by independent, privately owned coal mining company, QCoal Group, a company that has been actively engaged in coal exploration, discovery and project development in Queensland since 1989.

Cows Mine Extracts Coal From the Moranbah Coal Measures

The Cows open cut mine is a relatively small operation that compliments QCoal Group's other coal mines working the Moranbah coal measures. These mines include the nearby Sanoma mine, the Jax mine and the new Drake mine. These operations will be joined by the larger Byerwen Project that is expected to come online in 2015.

Cows Mine Produces One Million Tonnes of Coal a Year

The Cows coal mine, that is currently producing around one million tonnes of coking and thermal coal a year, produced its first coal product in April, 2013. The Cows mine is managed from the nearby Sanoma mine by Leighton Contractors. All coal produced by the Cows mine is taken to the Sanoma CHPP (Coal Handling and Preparation Plant) where it is processed by Sedgman Limited which is contracted by QCoal Group to operate the facility on their behalf. The Cows mine coal is then loaded onto railway wagons that take it 105 kilometres to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal from where it is exported to the company's overseas customers. The Cows coal mine itself employs about 20 personnel.

Cows Coal Exported From Abbot Point Port

QCoal Group operates its Bowen Basin mining operations through a northern hub whereby all its coal mining operations share the same infrastructure, including contractors, logistics, coal preparation and mining. All coal from the northern hub is railed to Abbot Point Coal Terminal for export on the same railway system, this ensures customers receive a consistent homogenous coal quality.

The Last Independent Source of Hard Coking Coal

QCoal Group is possibly the last independent source of premium hard coking coal in the world and the northern hub mines, that include the Cows mine, and the new Byerwen Project to its south, will ensure a consistent supply that will last for the next 50 years.

Sonoma Mine CHPP Processes 800 Tonnes of Coal an Hour

The central Sonoma Mine CHPP processes up to 800 tonnes of coal an hour. It was both designed and developed by contracting company, Sedgeman Limited, which now employs 20 permanent workers at the facility. The Abbot Point port from where the Cows mine coal is exported, is owned by the Ports Corporation of Queensland (PCQ). It is the closest deep water port on the Queensland east coast to the Asian market. It is also a port with proven reliability that doesn't suffer from congestion. It is currently undergoing considerable expansion to allow it to handle increased throughput in future years.


Since 1989 QCoal have been involved in exploration in Queensland, predominantly in the Bowen Basin. QCoal has a relationship with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation and QR National to supply coal to export customers through the Abbot Point coal terminal.QCoal and JFE Steel have a Joint more


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Leighton Contractors has a contract role at cows

Leighton Contractors are owned by Leighton Holdings, they are an industry leader in their field with over 14,000 employees in four major divisions:Infastructure- Roads, ports, oil & gas, rail, thermal energyMining- Iron Ore, coal, metalsTelecommunications- Fibre network, data centresServices- ...Read More


Leighton Contractors
495 Victoria Tce
Chatswood, NSW 2067


Phone02 8668 6000
fax02 8668 6666

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