What is metallurgical coal?
How is metallurgical coal used?
In 2020, BHP produced around 70 million tonnes of met coal. That’s enough to produce enough steel to build the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) over 1,600 times!
Buildings, bridges and other infrastructure around the world are built with steel made from iron ore that’s been blasted in a furnace powered by met coal.
Every mode of transportation relies on the steel that’s produced from iron ore and met coal. That includes planes, trains, ships, trucks and cars.
You’ll find steel in everyday household appliances like ovens, fridges and cutlery.
How is steel made?
Where is metallurgical coal found?
Queensland Coal comprises the seven BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and two BHP Mitsui Coal (BMC) assets in Australia's Bowen Basin region of central Queensland.
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How is metallurgical coal mined?
At our Broadmeadow mine in Central Queensland, coal is mined by a longwall shearer deep underground. The coal is then transported to the surface on a conveyor belt and stockpiled. Impurities are removed through washing and treatment at a coal handling and preparation plant. It’s then transported by train to port, loaded onto ships and exported to our customers.
At our open cut mines, we extract coal from seams relatively close to the surface. We blast and remove the surface layers of soil and rock to expose the coal, which we then mine using excavators, draglines, shovels and trucks. The coal is then transported to stock piles. Impurities are removed through washing and treatment at a coal handling and preparation plant. It’s then transported by train to port, loaded onto ships and exported to our customers.
Where is our metallurgical coal exported to?