​Glencore manages operations at Clermont on behalf of a joint venture between Glencore and Sumitomo Corporation (25.05% each), Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd (31.4%), J-Power Australia Pty Ltd (15%) and J.C.D. Australia Pty Ltd (3.5%).

Clermont is a large scale open-cut operation, located approximately 12 kilometres from the town of Clermont in central Queensland.

After commencing operations in 2010, Clermont now produces approximately 12 million metric tonnes of high energy thermal coal with relatively low ash and sulphur using a truck and shovel method.

The low Run of Mine strip ratio (3.2:1) and minimal processing (90% coal does not require washing) combined with the high quality coal, means the mine has a first quartile margin position in the seaborne thermal coal market.

After processing at Clermont, coal is transported by an overland conveyor to the stockpile and rail loading facilities at the nearby Blair Athol mine. The coal is exported primarily through the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.

Brief history of the operation

Construction of the Clermont mine and associated infrastructure started in 2007, and the first shipment of coal was delivered in April 2010.

Glencore began operational management of Clermont mine from 1 June 2014 after the successful completion of a deal that saw Glencore and Sumitomo Corporation acquire Rio Tinto Australia's 50.1% shareholding in the mine.

The investment reflects Glencore' s focus on identifying high quality assets that complement our existing operations and marketing capabilities.

The major seam mined (Wolfang) is thick, typically between 35-40 metres, with total JORC Reserves at 31 December 2012 of approximately 172 million metric tonnes and an expected life of approximately 13 years.

Clermont contributes to the local community through a number of partnerships, including the Wangan & Jagalingou People, the Clermont Community Development Fund, the Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund, the Koala Venture Research Partnership, with the University of Queensland and other community support groups.

Community Investment

Glencore is committed to delivering positive and lasting social and economic benefits in the regions where we operate.

We support a comprehensive Community Investment program, partnering with a range of organisations delivering services and initiatives in key investment areas of:

  • Health
  • Environment
  • Capacity building, including education/training, enterprise development and economic diversity 
  • Additional needs identified in community planning at a local or regional level. 

Our Queensland community partnerships include:

  • Queensland Sea Rangers program
  • Queensland Art Gallery
  • Northern-Hairy Nosed Wombat Relocation program 
  • Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program with Fitzroy Basin Association
  • Rolleston Health Clinic
  • Wandoan Health Clinic
  • Emerald Agricultural College scholarships and prizes 
  • Indigenous Youth Leadership Program
  • CQ Rescue Helicopter
  • Capricorn Helicopter Rescue
  • Minerva Hills National Park visitor amenity project

Clermont Open Cut contributes to the local community through a number of partnerships, including the Wangan & Jagalingou People, the Clermont Community Development Fund, the Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund, the Koala Venture Research Partnership ( with the University of Queensland) and other community support groups. 

Fast facts

LocationQueensland, Australia
ProductsThermal Coal
Annual production capacity In excess of 11.5 million tonnes saleable coal
Employees629