The North Goonyella mine is 160km west of Mackay at the northern end of the Bowen Basin. The underground longwall mine produces a premium quality, high-strength coking coal for export.
Mining first began at North Goonyella in 1994 and Peabody Energy acquired the mine in April 2004. Its coking coal is considered high quality with exceptional coking properties, and is used to make a strong and low-reactivity coke in a wide variety of coke oven blends. Consistent quality has kept the coal in demand from major steelmakers.
Peabody manages and operates North Goonyella, which has a workforce of about 519, including contractors.
The mining lease is shared with Eaglefield surface mine, which operates from the same coal handling preparation plant. The coal is exported from Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, south of Mackay.
The North Goonyella mine produced 1.7 million tonnes of saleable coal in 2013.