More than 1,000 employees and contractors
Start of our operations in the country
Coal is extracted
from underground and open-pit mines
Coal production is Vale’s main activity in Australia. We have interests in a mine in the state of Queensland, Carborough Downs. We also have a head office in Brisbane. Find out more at www.vale.com/australia.
In December 2010, Vale signed an agreement with the University of Queensland (UQ) to set up a laboratory specializing in geosciences and technologies for developing coal mines. In all, US$2.5 million has been invested in this initiative.
In September 2012, Vale entered into an industrial partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ) to establish a geomicrobiology knowledge centre. The laboratory’s main objective will be to stimulate research about microbial communities and microbiology-based metal extraction processes. The agreement lasts for five years and US$2.5 million has been invested to date.
The Carborough Downs underground mine is located in the State of Queensland in the Bowen Basin and encompasses the Leichardt and Vermont coal seams. The mine produces predominantly metallurgical coal with pulverized coal injection (PCI) as a secondary product. Vale acquired the mine from AMCI in 2007, holding an 85% stake in the operation, with the balance owned by joint venture partners JFE Shoji, JFE Steel, Posco and Tata Steel.
Loaded onto trains at a freight station and transported for 163 km to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Queensland
In Australia, Vale is conducting surveying and development activities focused on the exploration of multiple resources including coal. The company has strict criteria for determining whether or not to go ahead with projects in this area. Besides the geological potential, it takes into account logistics prospects, the political and economic situation and the country’s rules related to mining. Ultimately, the aim is to provide the company with world-class deposits to be developed into new mining operations.
Vale acquired interests in the Belvedere Coal project in 2007 from AMCI Holdings. In January 2013, Vale completed its acquisition of 100% of the Belvedere project from Aquila Resources Limited. The project consists of developing an underground coal mine in the southern part of Bowen Basin, near the town of Moura in Queensland.
Preliminary estimates show that Belvedere could deliver a production capacity of 7 million metric tons per year, mainly high-quality metallurgical coal. The project is still at an initial stage of development and therefore subject to approval from Vale’s Board of Directors.
Vale holds a 50% stake in this underground coal mineproject. The project, not yet approved by Vale’s Board of Directors, is located approximately 20 km southeast of Moranbah, in Bowen Basin, in the state of Queensland. It is estimated that the mine could achieve a production capacity of 4.5 million metric tons per year in its first 10 years of operation (2017-2026).