Isaac Plains Coal Mine
Isaac Plains Coal Mining Operations
The Isaac Plains Coal Mine is located approximately 7 kilometres south east of the town of Moranbah in the Bowen Basin region of central Queensland. It is comprised of the Isaac Plains North and Isaac Plains South coal deposits, separated by a distance of approximately 15 kilometres. Mining operations were initially commenced at the Isaac Plains North deposit in late 2006 and included the construction of coal processing facilities and associated power, water, road and rail infrastructure.
Subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals, the project is planned to ramp-up to its nameplate capacity of 2.8Mtpa of product in line with the current Phase 2/3 expansion at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal which should be completed by April 2009. The product split from the project is 75% metallurgical coal and 25% thermal coal.
Integrated Isaac Plains Project
It is proposed that the Isaac Plains South deposit be developed later this year, subject to completion of regulatory approvals, as part of the Integrated Isaac Plains Project which involves mining operations at both deposits using a combination of truck and shovel and also dragline methods, with processing and railing occurring at the existing Isaac Plains North facilities.
The Bucyrus-Erie 1370 dragline has been acquired and relocated from the United States to Mackay for refurbishment with a view to its initial introduction at Isaac Plains North in 2009, subsequently moving to Isaac Plains South in the latter part of the mine life.
Isaac Plains Coal Project - Summary of ROM Coal Reserves (Mt)
The information on this website that relates to the Reserves Statement for the Integrated Isaac Plains Project has been based on information prepared by Mr Mark Bowater and Mr Richard Hoskings. Mr Bowater is the Director of MB Mining Consultants Pty Ltd. Mark has a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor in Business from the University of Southern Queensland. He has over 16 years experience in the open cut mining industry, including 14 years in Queensland coal. Mr Bowater has substantial experience in mining operations, financial evaluations, including previously conducted reserves statements. Mr Bowater is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and as such qualifies as a Competent Person under the JORC Code. Mr Hoskings has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Master of Science in Mineral Production Management from London University. Mr Hoskings is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the Mineral Industry Consultants Association and qualifies as a Competent Person under the JORC Code. Mr Bowater and Mr Hoskings consent to the inclusion on this website of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which is appears.
The project will mine the Leichardt coal seam at Isaac Plains North and both the Leichardt and Vermont coal seams at Isaac Plains South.
Integrated Isaac Plains Project Site Location