Future Open Cut

Proposed Open Cut Mine

A Pre-Feasibility Study is exploring the potential for part of the coal resource to be mined by modern, low impact technologies not seen in the Hunter Valley previously.

AQC is working with the New South Wales government, local governments, the local community and all other stakeholders to ensure the responsible and gainful development of the valuable world class Dartbrook coal resource. 

The proposed surface mining at Dartbrook will be a cost-effective development opportunity with significant infrastructure already in place, including Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (‘CHPP’) as well as a train load out facility (‘TLO’).

This open cut mine development has high potential to be a lowest cost quartile producer given known coal quality from previous underground operations, a competitive services sector and highly skilled labour within the region.

The existing substantial drilling database has formed the basis for a Mineral Resource Estimate in accordance with the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (the ‘JORC Code’) for the proposed open cut operations.

Coal Resource Estimate (100% Project Basis)
Millon Tonnes in situ
Depth Measured Indicated Inferred Total
< 450m 507 638 658 1,803
< 450m Non-Open Cut 80 208 388 675
> 450m 2 3 51 56
Total 589 849 1,097 2,535