Beca partnered with New Hope Group to investigate options for doubling the production capacity of their New Acland open cut coal mine. This included feasibility studies for a third coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP).
New Hope Group's New Acland open cut coal mine in South East Queensland was producing 4.8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of thermal coal for both export and domestic markets, having been processed on site and dispatched by road and rail.
Driven by increased demand for this valuable commodity which is widely used in energy generation, New Hope decided to effectively double the production capacity of their New Acland mine to 10mtpa, while extending its projected lifespan by 30 years.
Known as ‘New Acland Stage 3’, Beca was engaged to build detailed engineering designs and cost estimates for two site options for a third CHPP. These two sites were identified by New Hope’s own pre-feasibility study, conducted before our involvement.
Based on the results of our site selection studies and operating cost estimates, New Hope Group selected the Site B Option – a new CHPP located next to the two existing ones at the current mine site.
Following our engagement, New Hope began undertaking statutory approval work to progress Stage 3 through to construction, with the promise of additional jobs and economic activity for the Darling Downs region.