Ownership: Anglo American Plc (70%) Mitsui and Company (30%)
The Lake Lindsay mine is part of Anglo American’s Capcoal operations in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Peak mining activities at the Lake Lindsay mine were scheduled to be reached in 2010, with saleable production expected to reach five million tonnes per annum consisting of 2.3Mt of hard coking coal, 1.7Mt of pulverised coal injection specification coal and 1.0Mt of thermal coal. Coal from Lake Lindsay is medium to high volatile bituminous black coal suitable for both export and domestic markets.
Construction started on the Lake Lindsay growth project in 2006, with a scope of works including a new coal handling and preparation plant and a new overland conveyor to accommodate a major expansion of open-pit mining within the Capcoal complex. The expansion lifted the site’s coal handling and processing capability from 11Mtpa to 16Mtpa.
Coal from Lake Lindsay is hauled by an overland conveyor 25km north-west to the existing German Creek mine, for processing through the existing coal handling and preparation plant, before being transported off-site for export via the existing German Creek rail loop. Using the overland conveyor structure instead of trucks to haul the coal reduces diesel particulate emissions and water consumption for dust suppression.
About 75Mt of saleable reserves are estimated to be contained within the Lake Lindsay mining area, and this addition would extend the operation’s life span by 20 years.
Resources at Lake Lindsay occur in the Rangal Coal Measures of late permian age, in the Roper seam, and in a combination of the Middlemount and Tralee seams.