Hail Creek Mine
Hail Creek Mine, located 120 km south west of Mackay in central Queensland, supplies steel mills in Asia and Europe with up to eight million tonnes of hard coking coal per annum.
Hail Creek Mine's resources were discovered in 1968 with project feasibility work completed in the 1970s. In 2001 Hail Creek Mine started construction and was officially opened in 2003.
The mine underwent an expansion in 2006 to increase production from six million to eight million tonnes annually.
Rio Tinto Coal Australia manages the operation on behalf of the joint venture partners, Queensland Coal Pty Ltd (82 per cent), Nippon Steel Australia Pty Ltd (8 per cent), Marubeni Coal Pty Ltd (6.67 per cent) and Sumisho Coal Development Pty Ltd (3.33 per cent).