Goonyella Riverside Mine

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Goonyella Riverside Mine
Goonyella Riverside Mine is located in Australia
Goonyella Riverside Mine
Goonyella Riverside Mine
Location in Australia
Location Moranbah
State Queensland
Country Australia
Coordinates 21°45′32″S 147°58′37″E / 21.759°S 147.977°E / -21.759; 147.977Coordinates: 21°45′32″S 147°58′37″E / 21.759°S 147.977°E / -21.759; 147.977
Products Coal
Production 14,000,000 Tonnes / Year
Opened 1971
Company BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance

Goonyella Riverside is a large open cut coking coal mine in the Bowen Basin. It is one of many coal mines in Central Queensland and is located at Moranbah about 30 km north of the township.[1] The mine produced 12.4 million tonnes of metallurgical coal from July 2012 to June 2013.[2]

The Goonyella Upper Seam, the Goonyella Middle Seam and the Goonyella Lower Seam are all mined at the site. The coal is well known for its great coking characteristics. Much of the coal was such a high grade, the wash plants were often programmed to add ash to meet the contracted export quality targets.

The Goonyella Mine was operated by the Utah Development Corporation in the 1970s before being sold to BHP. Operations commenced in 1971 at Goonyella while mining began at Riverside in 1982.

The mine is colour coded to "Goonyella Green", and the haul trucks were given names of racehorses.[3]

Coal is exported by the Goonyella railway line to Hay Point to markets worldwide.

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  1. ^ About Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.
  2. ^ "BHP Billiton may cut coal output at big Australian mine". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Mining for Dummies. Tererai Dube.