Narrabri Mine

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Mine TypeUnderground
  • Coal (thermal)
  • Coal (PCI)
  • Coal (metallurgical & thermal)
Mining Method
  • Longwall
  • Continuous
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Mine Life2044
ShapshotThe Narrabri longwall mine is fully automated and is one of the most advanced in Australia.

The Narrabri Stage 3 Extension Project is an extension of the existing Narrabri underground mine. It will extend the longwall panels planned for the mining lease south of the current main roads into the contiguous Narrabri South Exploration Licence area, and extends the approved life of the mine from 2031 to 2044.


Korea Mine Rehabilitation and Mineral Resources Corp. (KOMIR 2.5 % Indirect
Daewoo International Corp. 5 % Indirect
J-Power Australia Pty Ltd 7.5 % Indirect
Upper Horn Investments Ltd. 7.5 % Indirect
Whitehaven Coal Ltd. 77.5 % Indirect
Narrabri Mine is operated by Narrabri Coal Operations Pty Ltd (NCO). Narrabri Mine is owned by a joint venture between Narrabri Coal Pty Ltd (NCPL), Narrabri Coal Australia Pty Ltd, Upper Horn Investments (Australia) Pty Ltd, J-Power Australia Pty Ltd, Posco International Narrabri Investment Pty Ltd and Kores Narrabri Pty Ltd.

Ownership: Whitehaven 77.5% and Operator, J-Power 7.5%, Upper Horn Investments Limited 7.5%, Daewoo International Corporation and Korea Resources Corporation 7.5%.



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Deposit type

  • Sedimentary


The local geological structure at Narrabri has been influenced by the presence of the Boggabri Ridge. The strata strike north-south and dip westwards at less than 5°. The stratigraphic sequence developed at the mine site includes the following units, described in descending order:

- Pilliga Sandstone – coarse grained quartz sandstone up to 60 m thick, which crops out in the western parts of ML1609 and EL6243;
- Purlawaugh Formation – up to 140 m thickness of thinly bedded sandstone and siltstone, with subordinate claystone and coal;
- Garrawilla Volcanics – up to 40 m thickness of alkali basalt flows with thin intervening mudstone and clastic rocks, unconformably overlying Triassic rocks where it is present;
- Deriah Formation – sporadically developed, lithic sandstone up to 15 m thick;
- Napperby Formation – siltstone, sandstone/siltstone laminate and fine- to mediumgrained quartz-lithic sandstone to 140 m thick;
- An intrusive basalt sill is present 30-35 m above the base of the Napperby Formation and is 15 to 20 m thick;
- Digby Formation – lithic, pebble conglomerate, typically 12-24 m thick, overlying the Black Jack Group; the boundary between the two being a low angle unconformity;
- Black Jack Group – consists of lithic sandstone, siltstone, claystone, coal and minor tuff; thickness is up to 70 m in the western part of ML1609 and less than 40 m thick in the east where the sequence is partially overlapped by the Digby Formation;
- The Hoskissons Coal, which forms the mineable resource at the property, has formation status and is part of the Black Jack Group;
- The Black Jack Group is underlain by a sequence of rock of marine sedimentary origin, namely the Watermark and Porcupine Formations;
- The marine sequence is underlain by the Maules Creek Formation, which is mined to southeast of Narrabri and is, in turn, underlain by the Leard Formation;
- The basement to the Gunnedah Basin sequence in the area comprises the dacite- to rhyolite- asalt and pyroclastic rocks of the Boggabri Volcanics.

The Hoskissons Coal consists of mainly of dull coal, comprising a lower ash basal section and a higher ash upper section. The full seam thickness within ML1609 and EL6243 is in the range 0 to 11.8 m thick; the seam is overlapped in the eastern part of the tenements by the conglomerate at the base of the Digby Formation. Over the area where the seam is being mined, and is planned to be mined, the full seam thickness is generally of the range 5-9 m thick. The basal 4.2 m section of the coal seam is defined as the working section for underground development within ML1609.

The Hoskissons seam is developed over an approximate area of 7,200 ha and occurs at depths ranging from 140 m in the east to 360 m in the west. The contained strike length of the coal seam is approximately 16 km whereas the down-dip width of the coal seam within the tenements is 4.5 km.

The Narrabri mine exploits coal from the Hoskissons seam. The seam is divided into two sections, namely an upper section (HC1) and a lower section (HC2). The lower section (HC2) contains low ash coal, suitable for underground mining and production of thermal coals (raw ash 8-13%). HC2 is 2.0 to 4.2 m in height and is the working section for the mine. The seam is thinnest in the east, where it is overlapped by the Digby Formation, but is consistently 4.2 m thick, allowing for thick seam longwall extraction. The upper section (HC1) contains high ash stony coal and tuffaceous claystone and as such, is higher in ash content.

The upper part of the seam (HC1) forms a mainly coal roof against the conglomerates of the Digby Formation, which is dominated by conglomerate (12-24 m thick) and consisting of hard lithic pebble- to cobble-size clasts (>100 mm) within a variable strength matrix.



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Production Data for 2022 is reported for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022.

ROM Coal is total production at the mine site. The difference between ROM Coal and final product is related to changes in stockpile volumes at the mine.
CommodityUnits2022 *202120202019201820172016
Coal (metallurgical & thermal) Mt 000000004.96.75.4
All production numbers are expressed as clean coal. * Average annual production reported in 2022

Operational metrics

Coal tonnes mined 0000000005.28 Mt of ROM coal6.92 Mt of ROM coal5.59 Mt of ROM coal
Reject 0000000000.31 Mt0.2 Mt0.2 Mt

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

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