Canterbury Coal mine

Canterbury Coal

Operating 70 kilometres west of Christchurch, our Canterbury Coal mine produces low sulphur coal. This helps fuel the local dairy industry and we’re in the process of pursuing other local markets.

Production from the mine is expected to grow from 100,000 tonnes a year to 175,000 tonnes a year.

Coal demand in the Canterbury area is on the increase with recent growth in the dairy and food processing industries. The proximity of the mine to these markets offers a real freight advantage and helps us meet the growing demand. Production capacity in Canterbury is planned to increase in 2017 with mine production target to exceed 160,000 tonnes in response to this growth.

The increased scale will allow us to make further production efficiencies. New plant and equipment were taken to the site during the past year and a double rolls crusher was installed – all helping to increase the mine’s processing capabilities. Further expansion plans for Canterbury include a new overburden dump to be located nearby and the opening of an additional resource area – Surveyors Gully. Consenting is underway for these projects.

Exploration drilling has been completed in FY2017 at Canterbury Coal with the aim of improving the current reserve amounts. This data is being analysed and will be released during FY2018.

Canterbury Coal mine
Canterbury Coal location on map

Mine information

  • Ownership
    100% BRL
  • Location
    Coalgate, 70 km west of Christchurch
  • License/Permit
    MP 41372 and Private Coal
  • Coal types
    Sub-bituminous coal
  • Life of mine
    25+ years
  • Coal Reserves
    0.2 Mt
  • Coal Resources
    5.3 Mt
  • Last FY production
    100 Kt