The world's largest exporter of seaborne metallurgical coal & a global producer of export and domestic thermal coal.

About Coal

Our Coal Business is the world’s largest supplier of seaborne metallurgical coal, a key input in steel production. Our Coal Business is also a supplier of seaborne energy coal and a domestic energy coal supplier in the countries where its mines are located.

With operations strategically located in areas with seaborne access, we deliver logistical advantages to our customers.  We have access to dedicated deep-water ports allowing the use of large capacity vessels to further build on regional logistic advantages.

Our globally diversified coal business produces thermal coal primarily for use in the electric power generation industry and high quality hard coking coal for use in the international and domestic steel industry.

We have thermal coal operations located in Australia, the United States and South America.  In addition to our seaborne supply into the Atlantic and Pacific markets, we service domestic markets in Australia and the United States.

Metallurgical coal has operations in Australia. Our assets produce high quality hard coking coal which is an essential raw material in the production of steel.  This coal is produced from our asset bases in Queensland (predominantly open cut mines owned in an alliance with Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd and Mitsui).


Mike Henry, President, Coal

Mike joined the Group in 2003 and was appointed President, Coal in January 2015. Prior to this he was President, HSE, Marketing & Technology. Mike’s earlier career with BHP Billiton included various business development and marketing roles, including Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing Director for Petroleum, Marketing Director for Energy Coal & Freight and Vice President Business Development for the Energy Coal Customer Sector Group. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Mike worked for Mitsubishi Corporation where he held a number of commercial roles.


BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Australia

The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) operates seven Bowen Basin mines – Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Crinum, Blackwater and Caval Ridge – and the Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay. The mines are located in the coal-rich Bowen Basin of Central Queensland, which covers an area of 75,000 square kilometres of Permian Age marine and freshwater sediments. With the exception of the Crinum and Broadmeadow underground longwall operations, our mines are open-cut, using dragline and truck/shovel fleets for overburden removal. BHP Billiton owns 50 per cent of BMA.

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BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal, Australia

BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) operates two mines in the Bowen Basin: South Walker Creek Mine and Poitrel Mine.

South Walker Creek Mine is located on the eastern flank of the Bowen Basin, 35 kilometres west of the town of Nebo and 132 kilometres west of the Hay Point port facilities. Poitrel Mine is situated south-east of the town of Moranbah and began open-cut operations in October 2006. BHP Billiton owns 80 per cent of BMC.

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Cerrejón, Colombia

Cerrejón is Colombia's largest coal exporting company. It is located in La Guajira Peninsula in north east Colombia, South America. Cerrejón is owned by a joint venture partnership between Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore (33.3 per cent shareholding each).

Indomet Coal Project

IndoMet Coal Project (IMC) holds metallurgical and energy coal deposits in seven coal contracts of work (CCoWs) located in Kalimantan. A phased approach to development commenced in early 2012, with construction of a road and associated infrastructure in support of future mine development.‬

BHP Billiton owns 75 per cent of IMC.

New Mexico Coal, United States

New Mexico Coal is located near Farmington, New Mexico, in the United States and is 100 per cent owned by BHP Billiton. The mines are located on or near the Navajo Nation Reservation.

New South Wales Energy Coal, Australia

Mt Arthur Coal

BHP Billiton’s open cut thermal coal mine at Mt Arthur is the largest individual coal production site in the NSW Hunter Valley. Mt Arthur Coal currently produces approximately 16 million tonnes each year for local and international customers in the Energy sector. Mt Arthur Coal is part of NSW Energy Coal which also manages the Caroona Coal Project in the Gunnedah Basin and BHP Billiton’s 35 per cent shareholding in the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group. To find out more about Mt Arthur Coal go to our Regulatory Information section.

Caroona Coal Project

BHP Billiton is conducting exploration activities at Caroona in the Gunnedah Basin in north western NSW to potentially develop an underground thermal coal mine. BHP Billiton is working closely in consultation with the community to address concerns about the impacts of any proposed coal mine, in particular to the region’s water supply and quality and agricultural productivity. The Caroona Coal Project is part of NSW Energy Coal which also manages Mt Arthur Coal in the NSW Upper Hunter region and BHP Billiton’s 35 per cent shareholding in the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group. To find out more about the Caroona Coal Project go to our Regulatory Information section.