Lake Lindsay mine cleared for expansion

Trucks at a coal mine.
Trucks at a coal mine.

Anglo American’s Lake Lindsay mine has been cleared for expansion by the Queensland Government.  

This expansion will extend the life of the mine and secure the long-term future of 500 jobs. When fully operational, the expanded mine will produce 5.6mt of steel-making coal.

Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart commented on the expansion.

“The granting of this mining lease shows Queensland’s resources industry continues to go from strength to strength. It shows there is confidence from major mining companies that are investing in the future of Queensland’s resources industry into the future,” he said.

“Steel-making coal is one of our state’s biggest export earners, worth nearly $60b in the 12 months to May this year. We need steel for construction, domestic appliances, automotive and mechanical equipment, and also for turbines to generate renewable energy on wind farms.  

“I want to congratulate Anglo American for their continued investment in their operations in the Bowen Basin because it means hundreds of good jobs and a boost to the local economy for years to come.”

Lake Lindsay is part of the Capcoal operations which lies 25km southwest of Middlemount in Queensland. These operations produce quality hard coking coal for export to steel markets all over the world.

The Capcoal operations are held in joint venture between Anglo American and Mitsui Coal Holdings with holdings of 70% and 30%, respectively. Capcoal comprises of both underground and open cut mines.