The Wandoan Coal Project (MDL 420) is located approximately 25 km south of Wandoan in southern Queensland’s Surat Basin. MDL 420 straddles the Wandoan Branch Rail Line, which would provide a direct rail link to the Port of Gladstone coal export facilities via the proposed Surat Basin Rail Line and existing Moura Line.
The Wandoan Coal Project is targeting the Middle Jurassic aged Juandah Coal Measures (Walloon Subgroup), of which the Macalister 1, Macalister 2, and Macalister 3 coal seams are the principal economic targets, having been identified as thermal quality coal suitable for use in coal-fired power stations. Preliminary mine concept studies indicate that the deposit is potentially suitable for underground longwall or bord-and-pillar mining operations. The thickness of overburden above the uppermost coal seam, the Macalister 1 Seam, ranges from approximately 150 m to 330 m.
JORC Coal Resource
The reported JORC Coal Resource for Wandoan was first released to market on the 18 August 2009. The tabled Coal Resources have slightly increased; however, these were not released to the market as they were not material. They are however reflected in this March 2012 JORC statement which complies with the JORC requirements (2004 edition).
Mine Concept Study
Access to Infrastructure
The Wandoan Coal Project is strategically situated in close proximity to existing rail and electricity infrastructure. The Wandoan Branch Rail Line passes through the centre of MDL 420, which would provide a direct rail link to the Port of Gladstone coal export facilities via the proposed Surat Basin Rail Line and existing Moura Line.