Mt Arthur Coal

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Mt Arthur Coal is an open cut coal mine owned and operated by Hunter Valley Energy Coal, a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton. The mine is located less than five kilometres from the town of Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales.

On its website the company states that the mine produces up to 20 million tonnes per annum for domestic and export power generation.[1] A 2009 document from the company states that the mine can produce up to 28 million tonnes per annum. A 2009 environmental assessment states that "export coal is loaded onto trains via the Bayswater Rail Loading Facility whilst domestic coal is transported via conveyor directly to Macquarie Generation's Bayswater power station".[2]

Protest

Greenpeace protest against Mt Arthur Coal

In June 2011 a Greenpeace activist locked himself in a box fixed to a railway line used by the Mt Arthur coal mine in a protest calling on BHP Billiton to pay a price on carbon.[3] Four protesters were arrested by New South Wales Police.[4]

Mine location

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Articles and resources

References

  1. BHP Billiton, "Mt Arthur Coal", BHP Billiton website, accessed June 2010.
  2. Hunter Valley Energy Coal, "Mt Arthur Coal Preliminary Environmental Assessment", March 18, 2009, page 11.
  3. "Coal train stopped in tracks", Media Release, June 8, 2011.
  4. "Coal protesters detained by NSW Police", Sydney Morning Herald, June 8, 2011.

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External resources

  • BHP Billiton, "Mt Arthur Coal", BHP Biliton, Investor/Analyst Presentation, September 2003

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