New Acland - Current Operations
For more than a decade, the New Acland open cut coal mine has been a major employer and economic spur to the Darling Downs region. It provides direct jobs for more than 300 locals, 500 contractors, and contributes to 2300 more indirect jobs. New Acland is a substantial and loyal supporter of local businessses and suppliers, injecting more than $110 million into the Darling Downs economy each year and over $300 million into the broader south-east Queensland economy each year.
Through a leading rehabilitation program, mining lease areas are continually returned to agricultural and conservation uses. The operation provides significant benefit to the surrounding region through infrastructure provision and support, environmental and educational projects, as well as participation and support for community development initiatives.
A multiple block extraction mining system is used to provide access to the coal, with the process allowing for blending different qualities of coal to meet product specification. The project features two coal preparation plants in addition to a train loading facility near Jondaryan. Key to the operation’s success is industry-leading performance in the availability of equipment and diggers – exceeding 8,000 operating hours per year. Increases in production have been led by record Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) performance. Alongside productivity performance, the company's ‘Life Rules’ safety program ensures that safety is a priority and always front of mind. Our aim is for our people to always return to their loved ones at the end of each shift, unharmed.
The mine’s product has an international reputation as one of the lowest greenhouse gas producing coals in the world. The Acland coal deposit is in the Clarence Moreton Basin within the lower Walloon Coal Measures and is similar to other Walloon coal deposits mined at Jeebropilly. The Acland-Sabine sequence, which is currently mined at New Acland, is 30 metres to 60 metres thick. It contains six seam groups nominated from the top to bottom as A to F, with up to 10 plies within each group and 47 plies in all. The seam groups contain up to 18 metres of banded coal with an average thickness of the individual plies of 0.23 metres.