Isaac Plains


Isaac Plains

The Isaac Plains open cut coal mine is a 50/50 joint venture between Vale and Sumitomo. Situated approximately seven kilometres from Moranbah in Queensland’s coal rich Bowen Basin, the mine is managed by Isaac Plains Coal Management, with John Holland contracted to perform full service mining operations.

The current mining lease, covering an area of more than 2,900 hectares, was granted in December 2005 with first coal mined, processed and railed for export in 2006.

The operation's product split covers pulverized coal injection (PCI), thermal coal and coking coal.


Isaac Plains has five planned open cut pits positioned along a north-south striking seam sub-crop. Mining is conducted through the strip mining method utilising a dragline (commissioned in June 2011) and results in production of approximately 2.8Mtpa of coal product for export.

With proven resources of 44Mt and a further 22Mt of measured and indicated resources, Isaac Plains has an expected mine life of more than 10 years.


Coal is processed at a modern Coal Handling and Processing Plant (CHPP) with a design capacity of 500 tonnes per hour.


Product coal from Isaac Plains is loaded onto trains at a purpose-built rail loadout facility for the 172 kilometre journey to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. From there, all railed coal is loaded onto vessels for export.