Glencore's Rolleston Open Cut coal mine is located in the southern part of Queensland's Bowen Basin, approximately 16 kilometres west of the Rolleston Township and 140 kilometres southeast of Emerald. Infrastructure at Rolleston Open Cut includes:
- A Coal Handling Facility,
- A Train loadout Facility,
- Heavy and light vehicle workshops,
- Main Administration Area, and
- The Accommodation Village.
Due to its low ash content, the thermal coal extracted at Rolleston Open Cut does not require washing. All coal passes through the Coal Handling Facility (CHF), for crushing and sizing prior to loading onto trains (via the Train Loadout Facility). All coal is sold either for export via Ports in Gladstone, or into the domestic market.
Brief History of the Operation
In 2003, Glencore (then Xstrata) acquired Mt Isa Mines (MIM) including Rolleston Open Cut which at that time, was in the planning stage.
In 2004 development of the Rolleston Open Cut Mine was approved and construction commenced, with operations beginning in 2005.
To extend the operational life of Rolleston Open Cut until 2038, approvals have been given to expand operations into the site's adjacent leases.
Currently Glencore manages and operates the site and holds a 75% share in a joint venture with Sumisho Coal Australia (12.5%) and ICRA Rolleston (12.5%).
Through its operations, Rolleston Open Cut has created numerous economic benefits to the local communities of Rolleston Springsure, the Central Highlands region and the wider Queensland economy. Examples of these benefits include:
- Ongoing employment opportunities at both the mine and local businesses,
- upskilling of local residents though training programs, e.g. Glencore apprenticeships and traineeships,
- economic and social benefits through the generation of income, services and goods and funding support.