Rolleston Coal is a joint venture between Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd, (75%), Sumisho Coal Australia Pty Ltd and IRCA Rolleston (both 12.5%).
Located 275 kilometres due west of Gladstone in the resource rich Bowen Basin, Rolleston Coal is the newest mine in Xstrata Coal’s Australian portfolio. The mine is 16 kilometres from the town of Rolleston in the Central Highlands Regional Council area.
With a mine life in excess of 20 years, Rolleston Coal is an open cut thermal coal mine, with current approved production levels of 6 million tonnes per annum for export out of the Port of Gladstone and 2 million tonnes per annum for domestic use. Rolleston Coal commenced operations in September 2005 and in its first four months, produced more than 1 million tonnes of coal.
The coal mined at Rolleston is characterised by its low ash content and coupled with the mine’s low strip ratio, positions Rolleston Coal in the lowest cost quartile of Australian coal producers.