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About: The Moranbah South Project is a potential underground coal mine located 150 kilometres south west of Mackay in the north Bowen Basin area of Queensland. It is owned by 50:50 joint venture partners, Anglo American and Exxaro Resources Australia Pty Ltd, one of South Africa's largest diversified resource companies. The project site will be accessed from the Moranbah Access Road.

Moranbah South Project Currently Put On Hold

Progress on the development of the Moranbah South Project has been put on hold at the present time owing to depressed world coal prices. Anglo American have also pulled out of an agreement to assist in the funding of the expansion of the Abbot Point Coal Export Terminal near Bowen on the Queensland coast.

Moranbah South Project was to Start Production in 2017

Although construction has yet to start on the Moranbah South Project, the joint venture partners had planned on the mine becoming operational in 2017, when it is expected to export up to 14 million tonnes of high quality coking coal a year, coming from a peak production of 18 million tonnes of ROM (run-of-mine) coal. It is proposed to export the coal from either; Abbots Point, Dalrymple or Dudgeon Point. The Moranbah South coal mine is expected to continue producing for at least 30 years. The Moranbah South underground coal mining project is located three kilometres south east of the town of Moranbah within a tenement area of 17,550 hectares.

Moranbah South Mine to use Longwall, Bord and Pillar Methods of Mining

Coal from Moranbah South will be mined using bord and pillar and longwall methods. The run-of-mill coal will be taken by conveyor to a CHPP (coal handling and preparation plant) that will be built on site for coal processing. After processing the product coal will be taken from the site by rail to one of the three proposed export facilities. In order to facilitate the transportation of the coal from the mine site to the port it is proposed to build a rail loop and a new on site rail loading facility. Fine and course reject material from the coal processing plant will be stored on site in a specially constructed dry reject emplacement facility.

Moranbah South Mine Could Employ up to 1,300 Workers When Operational

Employment during the construction phase of the Moranbah South Project is expected to peak at about 878 people whereas the maximum workforce during production is expected to reach 1314 personnel. Workers will be accommodated onsite as well as in the nearby town of Moranbah.

The Moranbah South Project is jointly and equally owned by Anglo American Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd and Exxaro Australia Pty Ltd. Anglo American Metallurgical Coal is the project manager. Exxaro Australia Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxaro Resources Limited, a South African mining company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Exxaro Resources have a diverse portfolio that includes base metals, iron ore and mineral sands as well as it being South Africa's largest coal producer.

Anglo American

Anglo American's metallurgical coal business in Australia was formed in 2000 after purchasing Shell Coal.Now being the second largest Australian metallurgical coal producer with six mining operations in Qld and NSW, including Capcoal, Dawson, Foxleigh, Moranbah North, Callide all in Qld and more


Anglo American
201 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000

GPO Box 1410
Brisbane, QLD 4001


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