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The Carmichael Mine

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Carmichael Mine

The Carmichael Mine is a thermal coal mine under construction in Queensland’s North Galilee Basin, approximately 160 kilometres northwest of the town of Clermont.

The mine will produce 10 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of high quality coal that will be used to generate affordable and reliable electricity for communities in India and South-East Asia.

Coal from the mine will be railed more than 300 kilometres for export through the North Queensland Export Terminal, which is approximately 25 kilometres north of Bowen.


The construction of the Carmichael Mine is:

  • Providing direct jobs for Queenslanders
  • Being constructed safely, responsibly and in line with its environmental approvals
  • Generating revenue for the Queensland and Australian governments through payroll, GST and other taxes

  • Supporting small businesses and local communities
    in regional Queensland. 


How will Carmichael coal be transported for export?

The Carmichael Rail Network (CRN) is a 200km narrow gauge railway connecting Queensland’s Galilee Basin to existing rail infrastructure and the North Queensland Export Terminal – Australia’s most northerly coal export port.

The CRN is being constructed by Bravus and the Carmichael Mine will be the railway’s foundation user.

“The Carmichael Project is important not just for our business and our employees but for the whole of north Queensland – and we’re very proud to be a part of it.”

Mendi Group Managing Director, Jeff Doyle.


Fast facts

  • Production – 10mtpa (Stage 1)
  • Mining – Open cut truck and shovel
  • Location – Central Queensland – 160km northwest of Clermont and 300km from the Queensland coast (350km from the Great Barrier Reef)
  • Construction Jobs: Up to 1,500 construction jobs on the mine and rail projects
  • More than AUD$1.5 billion in contracts have been awarded for the mine and rail projects 
  • Approvals – For up to 60mtpa.