Batchfire Resources is a modern, privately owned transitional energy business producing energy coal from the Callide Mine located in the Callide Basin in Queensland, Australia.
Our strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility, diversity, innovation and safety underpins our important contribution to Australia’s energy sector.
Batchfire’s Callide mining tenure covers 16,000 hectares and contains an estimated coal resource of up to 1.07 billion tonnes.
The open-cut Callide Mine has been in operation since 1944, producing low sulfur coal. Batchfire’s technology-driven approach delivers around 11 million tonnes of coal annually for domestic power generation, alumina refining and export to Asia.
Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd is the holding entity for Batchfire Callide Pty Ltd and Batchfire Callide No.2 Pty Ltd which holds the mining tenure in the Callide Basin.
Supporting the Callide Valley
Our home community is Biloela, a thriving regional township at the heart of the Callide Valley. The Callide Mine is 20km northeast of Biloela and 120km southwest of the Port of Gladstone.
Batchfire is proud to be the Callide Valley’s largest employer, with around 700 full time employees and 1250 local families supported directly and indirectly by our ongoing operations.
Around 85 per cent of our direct employees live within the valley itself and our entire workforce is sourced from the local community, with no requirement for ‘fly-in fly-out’ workers.
This employment model makes it easier for our people to maintain close connections to their families and our region, without the challenge of spending long periods working away from home.
Batchfire recognises the First Nations Gaangalu Nation People (GNP) as the Traditional Owners and Native Title claimants over the lands on which we operate.
Our enduring relationship with the GNP helps us to develop partnerships around cultural heritage management, enable access in support of the GNP maintaining connection to country and support engagement in education. We seek to develop business partnership opportunities and continue to increase First Nations employment at the Callide Mine.
Batchfire is committed to continuing safe and environmentally responsible mining operations while supporting regional communities that have been the Callide Mine’s partners for more than 75 years.
Batchfire produces an average of 11 million tonnes per year of ultra-low sulfur energy coal.
This outstanding product is considered the lowest fugitive emission energy coal mined anywhere in Queensland.
Batchfire’s coal is better because of these low fugitive emissions and its ultra-low levels of inherent impurities, compared to other energy coals.
These characteristics make it better suited than most other coals for consumption in power stations, alumina refineries and other major industries within Queensland and worldwide.
Four active areas
The Callide Mine consists of four mining areas: Boundary Hill, Trap Gully, The Hut and Dunn Creek.
The location and infrastructure of these areas allows Trap Gully, The Hut and Dunn Creek to function as an integrated operation known as the Southern Operations. The Boundary Hill mining area is located to the northwest and shares resources with the Southern Operations.
Our site has dedicated infrastructure areas at Boundary Hill and Dunn Creek with facilities for crushing, stockpiling and rail load out.
The Callide Mine is connected by an internal network of haul roads and a link road servicing the active mining areas.
Operations at the Callide Mine
The Callide Mine has nineteen mining leases as well as mineral development licenses and exploration permits over the Callide Basin.
The general geology of the area is characterised by thick, shallow dipping coal seams.
Batchfire’s mining operations are delivered by open cut strip mining methods using draglines for primary overburden removal, supported by up to eight excavator and Rear Dump truck fleets for pre-stripping, coal mining and partings removal.
We have two active draglines, with one dedicated to Boundary Hill Mine and the other dedicated to the Southern Operations.
Batchfire produces two distinct products to meet the needs of our domestic and export markets.
To achieve this we blend coal from our stockpiles at Boundary Hill and the Southern Operations, matching the specifications required by our customers.
Our domestic coal is conveyed directly to the nearby Callide B and Callide C power stations and railed from Boundary Hill to Queensland Alumina Ltd at Gladstone. This product requires energy of 4550 kcal/kg (as received basis).
Batchfire coal produced for export ranges between 4500 and 5000 kcal/kg (gross as received basis). This is transported by rail to the RG Tanna coal terminal at the Port of Gladstone for shipping to clients in the Asia Pacific.
Batchfire’s leadership team is responsible for the long-term success of our business, providing the industry knowledge and operational expertise gained from years of experience in Australia’s mining sector.
Allan is a resources industry Executive with significant operational and leadership experience who has delivered a range of transformational business solutions in major Australian mining organisations.
Allan has extensive experience leading multiple large mining operations with up to 1,000 employees across diverse commodities and locations, in particular throughout NSW and Queensland.
Recently Allan was Managing Director of HSE, had General Manager roles at BGC and John Swire and Sons and was previously a member of the Macarthur Coal Executive Leadership Group and responsible for mine operations including as the CEO of Middlemount Coal Mine. Allan has also held Board level roles gaining experience in public, private and Not for Profit sectors.
Allan holds an Associate Diploma in Applied Science from the NSW TAFE College, a Master of Business from the University of Newcastle and various Statutory Qualifications from the NSW Mines Department including Open Cut Mine Manager. Allan is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
GM Operations & SSE
GM Operations & SSE
David is a resources industry Professional with significant operational, technical and leadership experience who has delivered significant safety and business improvement solutions in major Australian mining operations.
David has extensive experience leading large complex mining operations in the Queensland coal fields with up to 1,200 employees. David’s previous experience is in both open pit and underground mining operations, including holding senior statutory responsibility.
Recently David was General Manager & SSE at Coronado’s Curragh mine, and previously has had several Technical Services Manager roles at Anglo Coal’s Dawson, Dendrobium and Grosvenor Mines and Rio Tinto’s Kestral Mine. David also held General Manager Operations roles at QCoal’s Sonoma complex and Coronado’s Curragh Mine.
David holds a Bachelor of Technology from the University of Southern Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Engineering from University of Queensland and Senior Site Executive Notice from the Queensland Mines Department Board of Examiners.
Will has over 15 years’ experience as a CFO, financial adviser, equity investor and sponsor across operating assets and greenfield projects.
In addition, Will’s experience extends to financial planning and analysis, commercial, corporate finance and corporate development roles, including responsibilities for originating, structuring and executing opportunities in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Will has extensive experience in asset acquisitions and divestments, debt and equity capital raisings, including renewable energy project finance in roles advising Rio Tinto, Queensland Investment Corporation, Pacific Aluminium, NMDC Ltd and Bhushan Steel.
Will holds a Masters in Finance and Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Sydney.
Scott was appointed to the marketing role at Batchfire upon completion of the purchase of the mine from Anglo Coal in November 2016.
Scott has over 25 years of coal industry experience in Australian and international companies, and a history with the Callide mine that goes back to 1998, with Shell Coal.
Formerly the Marketing Manager for Ensham Resources, Scott also has experience as a technical specialist in resource evaluation, project due diligence and origination for various projects in countries including Australia, Mongolia and Russia.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland.
GM ESG & Development
GM ESG & Development
Stuart has extensive experience in planning, engineering, construction and operations management of open cut mines and associated infrastructure. He has expertise in innovative mine technology solutions from overburden removal to coal mining, from enabling efficient civil infrastructure construction to low emissions, cost effective steady state mine operations. His mechanical engineering, business management, mining geotechnical qualifications and experience enables Stuart to bring whole of life and sustainability considerations to developing new mining operations, starting and reinvigorating brownfield mining operations and addressing continuous improvement on steady state mining operations.
Together with 30 years working for leading Australian and international resources, construction and infrastructure companies, Stuart’s expertise in mine operations productivity was grown successfully through time with BHP Iron Ore, Thiess, Golding Contractors and John Holland. Stuart understands the entire mine value chain from exploration drilling, to optimised mine operations.
Stuart has led contract coal mining technical teams from geology and geotechnical phases through design to commissioning. In operations roles, he has been responsible for teams exceeding 300 people operating extensive fleets moving over 100 million m3 of material per year.
Stuart holds a PhD, (Mining/Tunnelling – Rock Mechanics) from the University of Queensland, an MBA (Technology) from Deakin University and BE (Hons), Mechanical Engineering from the University of Queensland.
John is a mining professional with over 17 years’ experience in both operational and technical roles across commodities and mining methodologies. His operational leadership experience spans large mining teams in both open cut coal and iron ore.
John’s career has involved applying technical know-how, experience and innovative thinking to developing teams and mine plans ranging in scope from mining studies, life of mine and Reserves reporting, through to short term execution planning and execution.
Prior to employment with Batchfire where he has provided stability in the mine planning capability for 4 years, John held multiple roles with Rio Tinto and Ensham Resources.
John has Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mining) and Master of Mining Engineering degrees from the University of Ballarat and is a Member of AusIMM.
Financial Controller & Company Secretary
Financial Controller & Company Secretary
Mark began his accounting career with a chartered accounting firm based in Newcastle, NSW. Since 2006, Mark has gained 15 years’ experience in the Resources Sector primarily in Financial Controller and Company Secretary roles.
Mark’s previous role was at Ambre Energy (Qld and USA energy coal assets and infrastructure) where Mark was responsible for the preparation of the Company’s statutory financial reports, other statutory compliance, cashflow management, and company secretarial services. As principal liaison for investor enquiries, he was focused on ensuring the company’s finances were properly structured and reported in preparation for Ambre Energy’s proposed ASX listing prior to a private equity group buyout.
At Batchfire Resources, Mark was an integral part of a team which successfully negotiated the acquisition of the Callide Coal Mine from Anglo American in 2016 and the associated funding requirement. As Financial Controller and Company Secretary, Mark is accountable for a large number of compliance functions across the Group and reports directly to the CFO and Board.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.
History of the Callide Mine
The Callide Mine has been in continuous operation for over 75 years, playing a crucial role within the Queensland economy as a source of energy, employment and government revenue.
Mining activity commenced at Callide in 1944 when Thiess Bros began sourcing locomotive coal that was trucked to Gladstone on the old Coal Road.
The site’s past ownership has included Thiess Bros (1945-2000) and a Royal Dutch Shell joint venture with AMP Life (1981-2001) until Anglo-American took 100% control (2002-2016).
The mine has been owned by Batchfire since 1 November 2016, heralding a new era of innovation, high performance, safety and sustainability while enhancing the operation’s strong connection to local communities.
Under Batchfire’s ownership the Callide Mine has increased production and achieved greater efficiency through improved machinery and the introduction of new technology-based systems including new excavator and truck fleets and investment in life extension projects for draglines and foxed infrastructure.
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