|Commodity||Thermal & Metallurgical Coal|
New South Wales, Australia
Vale S.A. - 61.2%
|Operator||Integra Coal Operations Pty Ltd|
|Production||531 kt thermal & 934 kt met coal (2011)|
|Deposit Type||Sedimentary coal deposit|
|Reserves & Resources||Coal - 66.3 Mt thermal & met (proven & probable, December 2011)|
|Mine Type||Surface & underground|
|Mining Method||Longwall (underground) and open pit (surface)|
|Processing Method||Crushing, washing|
|Mine Life||To 2023|
|Mining Equipment||Truck & shovel (surface), longwall equipment (underground)|
|Processing equipment||Washing plant|
Integra Coal Operations Pty Ltd
Last updated: May 29, 2012
Integra Coal Operations, underground and open-cut, are located 10km northwest of Singleton in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia.
The operations are comprised of an underground coal mine that produces coal by long-wall methods, and an open-cut mine.
Coal (thermal and metallurgical) from the mines is processed at a coal handling and processing plant with a capacity of 1.2 kt/h, loaded onto trains at a purpose-built rail loadout facility for transport to the port of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Integra Coal Operations, underground and open-cut, are located 10 km northwest of Singleton in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia.
New South Wales (NSW) is an eastern Australian state located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is the state's capital and is Australia's
most populous city (4.6 mill. in 2010).
Coal is the state's largest export product.
The Hunter coalfield is the largest coal-producing region in NSW, currently concentrated around the Singleton and Muswellbrook districts.
It produces the bulk of thermal coal for NSWâ€™s electricity generation needs as well as for export markets. The Hunter coal seams are mostly at shallow depths of less than 300 metres, enabling cost effective multi-seam, open cut mining operations.
The operations consists of an underground mine (Middle Liddell Seam), an open cut mine (South Open cut), a cleaning plant, and loading infrastructure. It produces coking coal (semi-hard coking coal, semi-soft coking coal) and thermal coal.
The Middlee Liddell Seam ranges in height from 1.9 to 2.5 metres, and total underground resources exceed 200 million tonnes.
The operations comprise an underground coal mine that produces coal by longwall methods, and an open-cut pit. Coal from the mine is processed at a coal handling and processing plant (â€œCHPPâ€) with a capacity of 1,200 metric tons per hour, loaded onto trains at a purpose-built rail loadout facility for transport to the Port of Newcastle.
The South Opencut and Middle Liddell Seam mine were opened in 1999 and are projected to be exhausted in 2010 and 2014, respectively. The North Opencut mine is scheduled to open in 2008 and is expected to close in 2016. The Barrett and Hebden Seam mines, not yet in production, is expected to close in 2023.
The underground and open cut mines have a nominal capacity of 4.49 Mtpa. The open pit mining operation produces 1.3 Mtpa semi-soft coking coal and 1.2 Mtpa thermal coal. The underground mining is carried by modern longwall methods and produces 2 Mtpa high fluidity semi-hard coking coal for bluechip international customers.
In 2011, Integra produced 531 kt thermal coal (open pit), and 934 kt met coal (open pit & underground).
After being washed and prepared for sale, the coal is loaded onto trains for transportation to the Port of Newcastle.
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