Beca partnered with Cockatoo Coal to increase the production capacity of their Baralaba QLD coal mine to 3.5 million tonne per annum. We achieved this by completing an options study and concept design, to guide the necessary infrastructure upgrades.
Cockatoo Coal Limited (now Baralaba Coal), an Australia metallurgical and thermal coal producer, decided to expand the production capacity of their Baralaba coal mine to 3.5 million tonnes per annum.
Located in Central Queensland's resource-rich Bowen Basin, Cockatoo Coal's ambitions for their Baralaba operations included two new open pits - at Baralaba North and Baralaba South - in addition to a new 40km road and rail loop facility to connect the site with existing transportation networks.
Beca was involved from the beginning of the project by completing a cost-effective concept level options study. This was soon followed by a bankable feasibility study which investigated the most efficient means of connecting the new mine pits with existing infrastructure. The scope of work for this project included a mine industrial area, coal handling plant, mine supporting infrastructure and process supporting infrastructure.
Thanks to Beca completing both these studies within a tight timeframe, Cockatoo Coal was able to shorten the lengthy project approval process for the mine and progress from a concept level study to construction well ahead of schedule.
New mine pits developed
New haul roads developed
Mtpa increased production