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The Mount Hillalong project targets the Rangal and Fort Cooper coal measures in the northern Bowen Basin. The project offers prospectivity for proving underground resources of metallurgical coal in the Rangals and open cut coal in the Fort Coopers. The project has limited previous exploration. However, past work has shown isolated drill hole intercepts within the tenements and geophysical surveys that defined good drilling targets as the basis for further exploration by the company.
EPC application 1824 comprises 15 sub-blocks (48 km2) centred on the Mount Hillalong homestead, 65 km NW of Nebo in central Queensland. The Burton and Hail Creek coal mines are 14 km south and 18 km south-southwest of Mt Hillalong respectively. EPC 1824 was acquired by the Company to explore the underlying Rangal Coal measures for near surface coal resources.
Previous exploration has been superficial and of a regional nature with no drilling being undertaken within EPC 1824. A coal target in the Rangals has been defined by historical seismic survey and indicated coal at between 300 and 500m. A drilling program in 2011 is planned to further evaluate this target with the aim to define a resource.
The area is well served with infrastructure with major nearby coal mines located to the west, south and east. The Hail Creek railway is 18 km to the southeast and provides access to Mackay's export coal loading terminals.