The Yallourn coal mine is the second largest open cut coal mine in Australia. Opposite the Yallourn power station in the Latrobe Valley, the mine provides a secure and continuous source of fuel for power generation.
A new and innovative brown coal mining technique was introduced at the site which saw the traditional bucketwheel dredgers replaced by CAT D11R carry dozers pushing to feeder breakers. It is a less capital intensive method of mining which provides 100 per cent coal supply reliability.
Operating – Yallourn mines around 18 million tonnes per annum of high moisture brown coal and is expected to continue until around 2032.