Blair Athol Closure Project

The Blair Athol Mine is a former coal mine located in the Bowen Basin of Central Queensland, Australia. Coal mining at Blair Athol dates back to the late eighteen hundreds when coal was first discovered in this area. At its peak, Blair Athol Mine was Australia’s largest exporter of thermal coal, with uniquely thick coal seams. The mine had an annual production capacity of 12.9 million tonnes of coal.

Peak production was reached in 2009 with 11.3 million tonnes of coal exported. After almost 30 years of production, mining ceased in August 2012 and Rio Tinto Coal Australia placed the mine into care and maintenance.

Since closure of the mine, planning for rehabilitation commenced. Details of the rehabiliation programme, including the final landform and land use, are still being determined in consultation with the Queensland Government.

Overall result from our involvement

The decommissioning plan was successfully coordinated and delivered within the timeframe specified.

Services provided

  • Coordination of the decommissioning plan
  • Management of environmental studies relating to the closure planning process, and implementation of study recommendations
  • Management of the Blair Athol rehabilitation and biodiversity studies
  • Development of the remediation soil management program
  • Proposal of closure criteria consistent with government requirements and community expectations
  • Development of the spontaneous combustion management plan


Rio Tinto Coal Australia




Clermont QLD Australia

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