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Red Hill Coal Project

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The Red Hill Coal Project is an underground coal mine project proposed by Aquila Resources. The project is located 45 km north of Moranbah.

The project, which is currently subject to a prefeasibility study, has a notional commissioning date of 2014. The project will produce 2 million tonnes of PCI and thermal coal.[1]

On its website Aquila states that "a total of 26 drill holes have been completed in the area including five 100mm partially cored holes targeting the open-cut and underground potential of the Leichhardt Upper and Vermont Lower seams of the Rangal Coal Measures, similar to the resources mined at Isaac Plains. The drilling has confirmed the presence of a small open cut resource in the central west of the project and the continuation of the Leichhardt and Vermont seams down dip at a thickness that is consistent for underground mining techniques. An initial JORC resource statement has been calculated with an estimated insitu coal resource of 75 million tonnes as summarised by seam and depth interval below."[2]

"Based on this work, the evaluation of potential underground mining options was commenced and a Concept Study is in progress. This study is considering a number of development configurations including bord and pillar and short longwall options to evaluate the potential for an operation producing up to 2Mtpa of metallurgical and thermal coal for export via the Abbot Point Coal Terminal where port allocation has been secured,"the company states.[2]

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  1. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, "Minerals and energy: Major development projects", April 2010. (Pdf). The list is also available in Excel format here.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Aquila Resources, "Other Bowen Basin Projects", Aquila Resources website, accessed August 2010.

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