Ownership: Anglo American Plc (88%) Nippon Steel Australia (5.00%) Tomen Corporation (3.75%) Nittetsu Shoji Company (1.25%) Sumikin Bussan Coal Australia (1.00%) Kokan Kogyo Australia (0.50%) Shinsho Australia (0.50%)
Moranbah North is in the northern part of the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, 15 kilometres north of Moranbah township and 150km south-west of the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal at Hay Point.
The mining lease at Moranbah North covers about 100 square kilometres. Moranbah North coal is mined from the Goonyella middle seam, about 200 metres below the surface. The mine produces 4.5 million tonnes of high fluidity, hard coking coal annually, mainly for export to steel manufacturers in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, but also exported to India, Brazil and Europe.
Mining occurs from the Moranbah coal measures of late permian age, dipping gently east at between three degrees and five degrees, beneath a veneer of tertiary strata. The principal seam of interest has been the Goonyella middle seam, which is up to 6m thick in the mine area and generally exceeds 5.5m. Estimated coal reserves at the mine have indicated a mine life of more than 20 years.
An investment was made in April 2007, into a powered roof support project to improve the mine’s productivity at increasing depths. The project148 new roof supports, each with a capacity of 1,750 tonnes, were installed in early 2009. The project was commissioned in August 2009.
Moranbah North produced 4.475Mt to December 31, 2010, and had produced 1.712Mt to June 30, 2011.