During a visit to Australia, chief executive Cynthia Carroll has
officially opened a new power station at Moranbah North, which is
supplied with waste coal mine gas from Anglo Coal Australia's
Neville Hutchinson and Ben Milner on site at the Moranbah North mine, EDL waste coal mine gas power station
The new A$60 million, 45 megawatt Waste Coal Mine Gas (WCMG)
power station is now operating at full capacity, delivering low
emission clean energy to provide enough power for nearly 50,000
At the new power station, waste coal mine gas (WCMG) from Anglo
Coal Australia’s Moranbah North mine runs 15 – 3 MW
engines to produce base load power to the national grid. This
has the effect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than
1.3 million tonnes of CO2eq annually – the equivalent of
taking 330,000 cars off the road.
The power station is owned and operated by Energy Developments
Ltd (EDL), a company with which Anglo American has previously
worked together in order to reduce emissions. In 2007 the two
companies opened the power plant at German Creek, which is also in
Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Speaking at the opening of the power station, which was also
attended by the Honourable Stephen Robertson, Minister for Natural
Resources, Mines and Energy and Trade, Cynthia Carroll said:
"Both initiatives are testament to Anglo American’s
commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, while
globally forming a significant part of the Group’s overall
emissions reduction strategy."
"The combined greenhouse gas mitigation benefits of the two
power stations are considerable. They are estimated at
approximately 2.3 million tonnes of CO2eq annually, which is
the equivalent of planting 3.6 million trees or taking 580,000 cars
off the road."
"This project highlights Anglo American’s and
EDL’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint."
"Communities are demanding action to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and create jobs. Anglo American and EDL have met
that challenge with this $60 million investment in regional
Queensland, creating 11 full-time jobs and two contractor
Mr Robertson said he was delighted to see such a successful
collaboration between the mining and energy sectors.
power station is a good example of two great companies joining
forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by generating electricity
using WCMG which would have otherwise been released into the
The project was constructed without a single lost time injury
for the employees or contractors involved, in more than 400
Anglo Coal Australia has six operations in Queensland and New