SA Mines and Energy Journal : February 2009
FEATURE David and Goliath Giant dump trucks dwarf workers and eerie wisps of smoke dot the rocky landscape at the vast Leigh Creek coalfield. he scale of the open-cut operation at Leigh Creek coalfield is truly impressive. Stretching almost as far as the eye can see, it is 8km long and 5km wide. T Vast overburden mounds are part of the landscape, with the operation having to remove 20 million bank cubic metres of overburden for 3.9 million tonnes of coal on an annual basis. Each year, Leigh Creek produces more than 3.5 million tonnes of coal, which is transported by train 250km to Port Augusta. There, it fuels the BBP power stations to produce up to 40 per cent of the electricity generated in South Australia. SACOME Chief Executive Jason Kuchel and director of industry development Jonathon Forbes visited the coal fields and township in late October as guests of Babcock & Brown Power (BBP), which bought the site from NRG Flinders in 2006.
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