Clermont Mine was officially opened in 2010 and is located 12 km north west of the township of Clermont in central Queensland. As it ramps up to full production the operation will supply international markets with up to 12 million tonnes of thermal coal.
The deposit was found in 1978, surprising exploration companies who were looking for gold in the area. Construction of the mine and associated infrastructure started in 2007, and the first shipment of coal was delivered in April 2010. When the mine reaches full capacity it will produce up to 12.2 million tonnes of thermal coal for international markets.
The deposit holds 177 million tonnes of thermal coal, and the mine has an expected life of 17 years.
Rio Tinto Coal Australia manages the operation on behalf of the joint venture partners: Rio Tinto (50.1 per cent) Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd (31.4 per cent), J-Power Australia Pty Ltd (15 per cent) and J.C.D. Australia Pty Ltd (3.5 per cent).