Peabody’s Millennium mine has marked the end of an era, seeing off its last shipment of coking coal.
The 30,000 tonne shipment was railed out last week from the site, about 40km east of Moranbah.
Site senior executive Dave Champion described it as the end of a highly successful era of production at a ‘pretty special’ mine site.
“The Millennium team is really proud of what we’ve achieved here, not only in coal production, but in creating a high-performing culture that’s prioritised safety, delivered results for the company and yet still feels like family,” he said.
“Over the years we’ve won many awards for safety and adopted innovative mining methods from traditional open cut right through to highwall mining.”
Peabody has been ramping down production at Millennium mine over the past few years for a scheduled 2020 end to mining and the site will now continue in a rehabilitation and environmental management phase.
The mine began operations in 2005 and employed an average workforce of about 500 at its peak.
It has been run as an owner-operator site under Peabody since 2013 and was previously operated by Downer EDI under Peabody ownership.
Since commencing highwall mining in 2018, Millennium has produced an additional 1.4 million tonnes of low-ash coking and Pulverised Coal Injection (PCI) coals for export to Asia, Europe and South America.
Two of Millennium’s current employees Mick Bugeja and Nathan Curran were there to witness loading of the final shipment ** images attached