Kestrel Mine

Kestrel Mine

Kestrel Mine is an underground operation located 40 kilometres north-east of Emerald in central Queensland, supplying world markets coking and thermal coal. 

Rio Tinto Coal Australia manages the operation on behalf of the joint venture partners, Queensland Coal Pty Limited (80 per cent) and Mitsui Kestrel Coal Investment (20 per cent).

Mining and production

Kestrel Mine is an underground mine which uses the longwall and continuous miner method to mine high quality coking and thermal coal for export.

The coal deposit is part of the Bowen Basin, a significant Permian coal basin stretching 600 kilometres long and 250 kilometres wide.

In 2016 the mine produced just under 5 million tonnes1 of coking and thermal coal.. After being washed and prepared for sale, the coal is loaded onto trains for transportation 300 kilometres to the Port of Gladstone where it is shipped to international customers.

Kestrel Mine had JORC run-of-mine coal reserves totalling 132 million tonnes (37 million tonnes, proved and 95 million tonnes, probable) as at 31 December 2014.

1 Total production (Rio Tinto's share: 3.27 million tonnes)


Kestrel Mine seeks to be more than just a major source of local employment and economic growth, rather to work in partnership with the local community. Through our community relations programme, Rio Tinto Coal Australia is working to help provide positive long term outcomes for the Emerald region.

Community partnerships

The Kestrel Mine Community Development Fund was established in 2003 to support communities in the Emerald and Capella regions to build community capacity, address development challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Since its inception the fund has provided more than A$2 million in funding.

Find out more about the Kestrel Community Development Fund.


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