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Moranbah North waste gas helps reduce emissions in Australia

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 nearby mine.

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 homes.

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 positions."

Mr Robertson said he was delighted to see such a successful collaboration between the mining and energy sectors. "This 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 atmosphere."

The project was constructed without a single lost time injury for the employees or contractors involved, in more than 400 days.

Anglo Coal Australia has six operations in Queensland and New South Wales: Callide, Capcoal, Dawson, Drayton, Foxleigh and Moranbah North.

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