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BHP Coal Mine – Mount Owen – New South Wales Australia

Producer of

Steam and soft coking coal


Northern Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia


Xstrata (100%)

Geology type

Permian coal measures

Mineral type

Bituminous coal

Reserve base

110Mt recoverable (2005)

Annual production

5.95Mt of saleable coal (2005)

Mining method

Multi-seam open pit

Processing method

Washing using dense medium cyclones and fine coal spirals



Open pit

Liebherr R994 and R996 Litronic hydraulic excavators

Liebherr T-262 electric-drive haul trucks

Driltech and Reedrill blasthole drill rigs

Caterpillar 785, 793B, 793C mechanical-drive haul trucks

Caterpillar D9, D10 and D11 dozers

Washing plant

Abon coal sizers

Down Engineering enclosed conveyors

CMI dense medium cyclones and fine coal spirals

Theiss cantilevered product stacker


Process plant: Sedgeman and Associates

Infrastructure: Sinclair Knight Merz

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