Business overview

Australian coal operations will play a key role in Rio Tinto's plan to meet strong future demand for energy and steel, by operating and growing its global coal and uranium portfolio to maximise shareholder returns.

Rio Tinto Coal Australia is one of Australia's leading mining organisations with a highly successful record in the development and management of world-class open cut and underground coal operations.

With a leading position in the global coal market, in 2011 our more than 5000 employees helped us produce close to 50 million tonnes of coking, semi-soft and thermal coal for international export.

We are proud to be a long term member of the communities where we operate and we are committed to the future.

In Queensland our operations are located in the Bowen Basin region, where we manage the Blair Athol, Clermont and Hail Creek open cut mines and Kestrel underground mine.



In New South Wales our operations are located in the Hunter Valley region, where we manage Coal & Allied's three open cut operations at Bengalla, Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth.



Our plans for the future will provide ongoing investment in the regions where we operate, generating revenue, creating jobs, providing infrastructure and supporting communities.

Rio Tinto Coal Australia is 100 per cent owned by the Rio Tinto Group. Coal & Allied is 80 per cent owned by the Rio Tinto Group and 20 per cent owned by Mitsubishi Development.

Rio Tinto has made a commitment to sustainable development and Rio Tinto Coal Australia works to ensure that commitment is evident in everything we do. We believe acting responsibly will result in long term business benefits such as lowering risks, reducing costs, creating options and ensuring access to future resources.

Read more about our sustainable development approach.