Resource Coal
CompanyFlinders Power Partnership
StatusMonitoring and maintenance
Mining operation

In June 2015 Alinta Energy informed the Government of South Australia of its business decision to close its Leigh Creek coal mine.

The mine's closure is linked to Alinta's decision to close the Port Augusta power stations, which were the only customers of the coal from the mine.

Operations at the Leigh Creek mine ceased on 17 November 2015 and planning began for the closure of the mine site.

On 1 January 2019, the site commenced a five year program of monitoring and maintenance activities to ensure effectiveness of the rehabilitation strategies implemented during the closure of the mine site.

Location 10 km northeast of Leigh Creekleigh_creek_blue
Tenement information

4 Crown Perpetual Leases (ETS 0) under the Electricity Trust of SA Act 1946.

The deposit

The coalfield has small discrete basins with 13 coal seams of varying quality (geology, composition and calorific value):

  • Lobe A (Copley Basin)
  • Lobe B (Telford Basin)
  • Lobe C
  • Lobe D (Northfield)
Mine closure and rehabilitation

The Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920 provides the framework for rehabilitation and closure of the mine site.

The Government of South Australia will ensure that Alinta complies with its obligations under the leasing arrangements and under the Act regarding the safe closure and rehabilitation of the Leigh Creek mine.

The Mine Closure Plan ('Development Program') was approved on 10 October 2017 and the revised Approved Development Program 2018 was approved 10 July 2018.

Approved Development Program 2018

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Assessment report

More information

More information on the closure and rehabilitation of the Leigh Creek mine can be found at: