Hail Creek mine is a large scale, long-life open cut operation, located about 120 kilometres south-west of Mackay in the northern Bowen Basin mining region of central Queensland.
Glencore will manage the operations on behalf of a Joint Venture between NSSMC (8.0%), Marubeni (6.67%) and Sumitomo (3.33%).
Construction of Hail Creek mine began in 2001, with coal production commencing in 2003.
Coal is predominantly mined from two seams: the Elphinstone Seam, with an average thickness of 6.4 metres, and the Hynds Seam, averaging 8.3 metres in thickness.
As at 31 December 2017, Hail Creek had mineral resources of 601 million tonnes with proven and probable reserves of 142 million tonnes.
Mining at Hail Creek Mine is undertaken by a dragline, truck and shovel method.
In 2017, the mine produced approximately 9.4 million tonnes of hard coking and thermal coal for export from the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. This included 5.3 million tonnes of hard coking coal and 4.1 million tonnes of thermal coal.
After being processed and prepared for sale, the coal is loaded onto trains for transportation 100 kilometres to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, where it is shipped to export markets.
Glencore began operational management of Hail Creek mine from 1 August 2018 after the completion of a deal that saw Glencore acquire Rio Tinto’s 82% interest in the Hail Creek coal mine and adjacent coal resources, as well as its 71.2% interest in the Valeria coal resource.
The investment reflects Glencore's focus on identifying high quality assets that complement our existing operations and marketing capabilities.