Our History

New Hope began operating coal mines in the Ipswich region of Queensland in 1952.

Since then, the business has seen dynamic improvement to mining methods, operating and safety standards, as well as dramatic changes to domestic and export markets.


1952

  • New Hope commences operations in Ipswich, Queensland
     

1970

  • Washington H. Soul Pattinson, Farjoy Pty Ltd and Domer Mining Co. Pty Ltd, acquire control of the company
  • New Hope exceeds 250,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of marketable coal from underground mining
     

1978

  • Production increases to almost 340,000 tpa
  • New Hope purchases the Tivoli Collieries operation including the barge coal facilities and operation
     

1979

  • New Hope purchases the Southern Cross and Haighmoor Collieries operations
     

1980

  • New Hope dispatches the first export shipment – one of the first companies to successfully obtain trials of Ipswich coal in the Japanese market

1981

  • New Hope purchases the Rylance Collieries operations
     

1982

  • New Hope commences the West Moreton mining operations with the Jeebropilly Mine
     

1983

  • Acquisitions and open cut mining methods see production near 1.2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).
  • Export commences through Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH)
     

1985

  • New Hope acquires a 40% interest in PT Multi Harapan Utama, commencing two decades of operations in Indonesia
  • New Hope wins the Austrade Australian Export Award for Outstanding Export Achievement
     

1989

  • Interest is acquired in PT Adaro Indonesia with commercial coal produced in 1992
     

1993

  • New Hope wins the Queensland Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the Queensland mining industry
     

1994

  • New Hope wins the Queensland Premier’s Awards Commendation in recognition of innovative rehabilitation practice
     

1995

  • New Hope purchases the Rhonnda Collieries operations
     

1996

  • New Hope’s interest in Multi Harapan is sold to concentrate on Adaro, while a deep-water bulk handling coal terminal facility is developed in Indonesia
     

1999

  • New Hope acquires the Acland deposit in South East Queensland
  • The Company purchases the Oakleigh Collieries
     

2002

  • New Acland Coal Mine is commissioned at an initial marketable coal production rate of 2 Mtpa
  • The West Moreton region’s two mines (Jeebropilly and New Oakleigh) are awarded the ‘Excellence in Training in the Coal Sector Award’ by the Queensland Mining Industry Training Advisory Body
     

2003

  • New Hope lists on the ASX
  • The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines awards the Mines Inspectorate ‘Best Safety Management in Queensland – Southern Region’ award to New Acland
  • New Oakleigh is awarded the Mines Inspectorate ‘Most Improved Safety Management in Queensland – Southern Region’ Award
     

2004

  • The New Acland Coal mine’s production increases to 2.5 Mtpa
     

2005

  • New Hope sells its interests in overseas operations to concentrate on its Australian operations
     

2006

  • New Hope wins the ‘Premier of Queensland Export Minerals and Energy Award’
  • The Acland Pastoral Company (APC) is established
  • Winner of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Minerals & Energy Category
     

2007

  • The company acquires the remaining 50% stake in Queensland Bulk Handling
     

2009

  • An initial 25% equity interest is acquired in an exclusive, worldwide, licensed coal-to-liquids technology with Quantex Energy Incorporated
     

2010

2011

  • New Hope takes ownership of Northern Energy Corporation (NEC)
  • Acland Pastoral Company starts scientifically-controlled grazing trials on rehabilitated land
     

2012

  • New Hope acquires ownership of Bridgeport Energy – an emerging Australian oil and gas production development and exploration company
  • New Hope makes early moves into minerals exploration
  • Total clean coal production reaches a record 6.29 Mtpa
  • New Hope wins the ‘Ipswich Business of the Year’ Award
     

2013