Wesfarmers Resources is a significant Australian open-cut miner and is a leading metallurgical coal producer with interests spanning two coal mines. The division's operations comprise the Curragh mine in Queensland's Bowen Basin (metallurgical and steaming coal for export and domestic markets) and a 40 per cent interest in the Bengalla mine in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales (steaming coal for both export and domestic markets).
Wesfarmers operates the Curragh mine situated 200 kilometres west of Rockhampton in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. As one of Australia’s largest independent coal producers, Curragh produces around 8.5 million tonnes of metallurgical and three million tonnes of steaming coal annually.
Export metallurgical coal is transported 300 kilometres by rail to the Port of Gladstone where it is shipped to customers in Japan, South-East Asia, Europe and South America.
Curragh’s steaming coal is produced for domestic power generation and transported by rail directly to the Stanwell Power Station near Rockhampton. The 20 kilometre overland conveyor which transports coal from Curragh North to Curragh is the longest single flight conveyor in the world.
Wesfarmers has a 40 per cent interest in the Bengalla open-cut coal mining joint venture, situated at Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Coal and Allied manages the operation, which is capable of producing around seven million tonnes of steaming coal for both domestic and export purposes.
Bengalla is considered one of the most technically advanced and productive operations in the region.