Australia

Meandu Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
StatusActive
Commodities
  • Coal (thermal)
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
  • Dragline
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SnapshotMeandu Mine operates as an open-cut coal mine, supplying black thermal coal to the nearby Tarong power stations.

The King 2 East (K2E) Project reflects Stanwell’ strategy for developing and delivering the 2019 Life of Mine (LOM) Plan for the Meandu Mine and to enable the continuation of mine activity up to 2037-2039.

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Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Stanwell Corporation Limited 100 % Indirect
TEC Coal Pty Ltd owns the Meandu Mine. TEC Coal Pty Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stanwell Corporation Limited

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Deposit type

  • Sedimentary

Summary:

Meandu Coal Mine is located in the late Triassic Age (~200-220 Ma) Tarong Basin approximately 200 km north west of Brisbane, Queensland. A thermal product coal is produced from three main seams in the Tarong Beds to supply Stanwell Corporation’s Tarong Power Station (TPS) (Simmons, Edwards and Ferdinands, 2013).

The Tarong Beds coal measures consist of thick coal seams which are interlayered with fine grained clay, quartz-rich or iron-rich stone bands of variable thickness within a sedimentary package of conglomerates, sandstones, siltstones and mudstone. Pegrem (1995) previously classified the coal from the Tarong Beds as high ash, low volatile, low sulphur steaming coal with weak coking properties.

There are three main seams being mined at Meandu Mine, namely Ace, King and Queen. The seams increase in ash content with stratigraphic depth (Young, 2013). As the coal at Meandu Mine is not able to be easily “free dug” it is blasted in order for it to be mined.

Mining Methods

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.

Processing

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Production

CommodityUnits20232022202120202019201820172016
Coal (thermal) t  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe5,809,5916,005,9355,573,8194,265,614
All production numbers are expressed as clean coal.

Operational metrics

Metrics20232022202120202019201820172016
Coal tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe
Tonnes processed  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe7,685,272 t7,698,586 t7,447,020 t5,243,284 t
Coal tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe7,961,919 t of ROM coal8,132,043 t of ROM coal7,814,977 t of ROM coal5,874,786 t of ROM coal
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Production Costs

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