WA’s largest coal pro­ducer

The Australian Mining Review - - MINING IN COLLIE - NA­TIONAL

PREMIER Coal has a proud his­tory of min­ing in WA’s Col­lie coal basin, stretch­ing back more than 65 years.

Within that time Premier quickly be­came the most ad­vanced coal mine in the State and has pro­duced more than 100 mil­lion tonnes from 1950 to 2016.

With its out­stand­ing com­bus­tion char­ac­ter­is­tics as well as low ash and sul­phur, Premier’s coal has been suitable for many ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing power gen­er­a­tion, ce­ment mak­ing, and di­rect heat re­duc­tion.

Its lo­ca­tion has served a num­ber of ad­van­tages in­clud­ing close prox­im­ity to trans­port cor­ri­dors such as con­veyor, road, rail and ship­ping.

Gen­er­at­ing the bulk of WA’s power sup­ply, its mod­ern cut op­er­a­tion has a 240 tonne truck and large shovel fleet as well as state-of-the-art crush­ing, blend­ing, and train and truck load­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Con­tin­u­ally look­ing for im­prove­ment, the mine has been il­lus­trated by dra­matic pro­duc­tiv­ity with a crush­ing ca­pac­ity of 1200 tonnes per hour.

The State’s power gen­er­a­tor, Syn­ergy, pur­chased about 80 per cent of the coal mined at Col­lie for use in its power sta­tions at Muja and Col­lie.

Col­lie coal has had sev­eral in­dus­trial uses over the course of its time in­clud­ing on site power gen­er­a­tion and steam rais­ing at South 32’s Wors­ley Alu­mina re­fin­ery.

The miner has en­gaged with the com­mu­nity and its stake­hold­ers to un­der­stand and build lo­cal as­pi­ra­tions into plan­ning pro­cesses as well as share in­for­ma­tion about its oper­a­tions.

Last year the com­pany moved to a more struc­tured ap­proach to com­mu­nity sup­port, which in­volved ma­jor part­ner­ships and a Com­mu­nity Sup­port Pro­gram.

It’s com­mit­ted to be­ing a val­ued and wel­comed mem­ber of the Col­lie and South West com­mu­nity.

Premier Coal hosted a fam­ily open day in Novem­ber, which al­lowed vis­i­tors to take a bus tour of the mine’s look­out points.

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