The Alpha Coal Project is a well-known thermal coal deposit within the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia. The deposit has massive resources of thermal coal in the premium location of the basin.
Described as the jewel in the crown of the Galilee, the Alpha Coal Project will be a 32 Mtpa open-cut coal mine, with the potential for the future development of significant underground reserves. The open-cut operation has an expected mine life of 30 plus years, with sufficient Joint Ore Resources Committee (JORC) compliant resources to extend the project life well beyond 30 years. The Alpha Coal and Kevin's Corner combined resource is 7.9 billion tonnes of JORC compliant thermal coal.
The project deposit lies within the late Permian Colinlea and Bandanna Formations. The Galilee Basin is a world-class location consisting of four main thermal coal seams suitable for the global export market. Within the deposit there is additional potential for liquefaction and gasification.
The coal seams dip gently from east to west varying in thickness from 5 metres to 8 metres, which enables high production open-cut mining.
Exploration to date has concentrated on the shallow coal suitable for open-cut mining, with the potential for resources to be substantially upgraded with further drilling to the west.
Alpha Washed Coal Specifications v. NEWC Quality Specifications*