Saraji coal mine

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Saraji Coal Mine
Location Dysart
Country Australia
Products Coking coal
Opened 1972
Company BHP Billiton/Mitsubishi Alliance

The Saraji Coal Mine is a coal mine located near Dysart in the Central Queensland region of Australia. The mine has coal reserves amounting to 648 million tonnes of coking coal, one of the largest coal reserves in Asia and the world. The mine has an annual production capacity of 10 million tonnes of coal.[1] It is located in the Bowen Basin an area with significant coal deposits and numerous mines.

Saraji mine utilises open-cast extraction methods. It is owned by the BHP Billiton/Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). The mine has a total of 11 coal seams.[2] The strikes is on average four km wides and extends for 30 km in a north/south orientation.[2]

Coal is process via a CHPP (Coal Handling and Processing Plant) consisting of three stages (Coarse - DMCs, Fines - Reflux Classifier, and Ultrafines - Flotation).

External video
Biggest Digger in the World
Flying over Saraji Mine in Central Queensland

Prestripping of 42 million cubic metres of overburden each year is conducted by the HSE Group.[3]

Coal is exported via the Goonyella railway line.


Construction work at the site begin in 1972 with the first coal produced in 1974.[2] In 2009, the mine won the People’s Choice Award for its feeder blockage removal device at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference.[4]

Miners at Saraji and six other BMA mines went on strike in February 2012 over working conditions.[5] Work stoppages commenced in 2011. Meetings between union members and BMA began in December 2010.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bowen Basin coal mines". 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  2. ^ a b c "Saraji". MiningLink. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Saraji Mine Site (BMA)". HSE Group. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  4. ^ Michael Mills (26 August 2009). "BMA Coal takes out safety gong". Australian Mining. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  5. ^ Brian Robins (15 February 2012). "Thousands of BHP coal miners walk off the job". BusinessDay. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  6. ^ Jessica Burke (19 July 2011). "Possible 24hr strikes at Bowen Basin mines". Australian Mining. Retrieved 22 September 2013.

Coordinates: 22°24′24″S 148°17′20″E / 22.40658°S 148.2889°E / -22.40658; 148.2889