Minerva coal Mine is an open-cut mine located approximately 45 kms south of Emerald in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The Mine produces 2.8-3 Million tonnes of premium thermal coal per annum to the international export market with the support of a 250 strong workforce. The mine has a remaining life of approximately 5-10 years with the potential to develop underground reserves in the adjacent Athena exploration area.
Minerva Mine uses the open cut “terrace” mining method to extract its coal. After careful top soil removal, the overburden rock is sequentially drilled, blasted and then removed using hydraulic excavators and trucks to expose the 6 main coal seams. The coal is then mined, crushed to 50mm top-size and stockpiled according to its quality parameters before being trucked 4 kilometres across the mine lease to the train load out where it is stockpiled to ensure continuous train loading capability. Automatic sampling equipment at the mine crusher and train load out ensure quality control at all stages of the coal production process.
Sojitz Coal Mining produces premium thermal coals and PCI (Pulverised Coal Injection) coal from its Minerva Coal mine in Central Queensland.
100% of Sojitz Coal Mining’s coal sales are exported to customers in a number of countries predominantly in the Asia Pacific region.
After railing the coal 413kms via the Blackwater rail system, Sojitz Coal Mining exports its coal through the RG Tanna coal terminal in Gladstone. This coal port has continued to maintain its reputation as a world-class multi-user terminal with excellent coal blending capabilities exporting a wide range of Southern Bowen Basin metallurgical and thermal coals to the world.