Ownership: Peabody Energy (95%) Leighton Holdings (5%)
The Burton mine lies in the Bowen Basin, about 150 kilometres south-west of Mackay in Queensland. Mining began at Burton in 1996. Peabody acquired 95 percent of Burton in April 2004, and the mine is operated under contract by Thiess. The Burton mine produces hard and semi hard coking and thermal coal products. Coal is railed 169 kilometres to the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal, where it is exported predominantly to Japan, Taiwan, India, Europe and South America. During 2009 and 2010 the Broadmeadow and Wallanbah pits were completed at the site, and work began at the Bullock Creek pit. Currently, the Plumtree and Bullock Creek pits are in production.
A Burton widening project began in September 2010, along with ancillary works and preparation work for dams and drains. The Burton mine was one of the first mining operations to use the terrace mining method for extracting steep seams. With the approval of the Burton widening project, Peabody planned to modify the terrace-mining concept to a depth approaching 230 metres at the high wall, which would be an Australian first. The Burton Mine shipped 2.3 million tonnes of coal in 2010 via the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal and under the extension, production will increase by 0.9 million to 1.8 million tonnes annually in 2012
Operating. In June 2011 Peabody Energy announced it had agreed to acquire Thiess' five per cent joint venture interest in the Burton coal mine for $35 million.