The Carmichael coal mine is an approved thermal coal mine in the north of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia approximately 160km North West of Clermont. Mining is planned to be conducted by both open-cut and underground methods. The mine is proposed by Adani Mining, a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s Adani Group. The development was initially intended to represent an AU$16.5 billion investment, however Adani announced in 2018 that the mining operation would be downsized and self-funded to AU$2bn.
At peak capacity the mine would produce 60 million tonnes of coal a year, much of it “low quality, high ash”. Adani said it expects the mine to produce 2.3 billion tonnes over 60 years. It would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world. The mine would be the first of a number of large mines proposed for the Galilee Basin and would facilitate their development.