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Peak Downs

Peak Downs mine

Peak Downs is one of nine metallurgical coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

Peak Downs at a glance

The Peak Downs coal mine is a part of BMA, the 50:50 joint venture between BHP and Mitsubishi Development. Peak Downs is an open-pit coal mine that produces high-quality hard coking coal and is one of Australia's biggest coal mines by recoverable coal reserves. It's located 31 kilometres south east of Moranbah in Queensland's Bowen Basin.

1972The mine was opened in 1972.
770 kgIt takes around 770 kilograms of metallurgical coal to make one ton of steel.
70MIn 2020, BHP produced around 70 million tonnes of met coal.

The mine targets seams within the terrestrial Moranbah Coal Measures comprised of sandstones, siltstones, claystones and coal, and extends more than 300 metres below the surface.

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Metallurgical coal

Metallurgical coal (sometimes referred to as coking coal) is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock found within the Earth’s crust.