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Title: Coal from the equator

Abstract

In the mid-1970s PT Rio Tinto Indonesia, a wholly owned subsidiary of CRA of Australia, entered into an agreement with BP of the United Kingdom to explore jointly for coal in Indonesia on a 50:50 basis. In 1978, the government of Indonesia invited tenders from foreign companies for the exploration and development of coal resources in eastern and southern Kalimantan (Borneo). The CRA-BP joint venture was successful in bidding for an area of 7,900 km{sup 2} in two blocks extending 300 km along the coast of eastern Kalimantan. In April 1982, PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) entered into an agreement with the Indonesian State Coal Company whereby it could explore, produce, and market coal from the agreed blocks for a period of 30 years. From 1982 to 1986, detailed exploration led to the delineation of several propsects of which the most promising was near the small town of Sangatta, 200 km north of Balikpapan and less than one degree north of the equator. After this exploration period KPC relinquished all but 1,962 km{sup 2} of the original agreement area. In its simplest form, the mining operation can be described as: a series of open pits, coal preparation facilities, 13.7 kmmore » of overland conveyor to the coast, and a marine terminal capable of handling bulk carriers of up to 200K dwt. The remote location necessities a fully supportive infrastructure, including a power station, housing, schools, hospitals, water supply, and recreational facilities. In 1994 the mine produced 10M mt coal of which 70% was Prima coal, one of the highest quality internationally traded thermal coals.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
244096
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Engineering and Mining Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 196; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: PBD: Oct 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; COAL DEPOSITS; EXPLORATION; INDONESIA; COAL INDUSTRY; COAL; PRODUCTION; GEOLOGY; COAL MINING; TRANSPORT; COAL PREPARATION

Citation Formats

Darling, P. Coal from the equator. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Darling, P. Coal from the equator. United States.
Darling, P. Sun . "Coal from the equator". United States.
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title = {Coal from the equator},
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abstractNote = {In the mid-1970s PT Rio Tinto Indonesia, a wholly owned subsidiary of CRA of Australia, entered into an agreement with BP of the United Kingdom to explore jointly for coal in Indonesia on a 50:50 basis. In 1978, the government of Indonesia invited tenders from foreign companies for the exploration and development of coal resources in eastern and southern Kalimantan (Borneo). The CRA-BP joint venture was successful in bidding for an area of 7,900 km{sup 2} in two blocks extending 300 km along the coast of eastern Kalimantan. In April 1982, PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) entered into an agreement with the Indonesian State Coal Company whereby it could explore, produce, and market coal from the agreed blocks for a period of 30 years. From 1982 to 1986, detailed exploration led to the delineation of several propsects of which the most promising was near the small town of Sangatta, 200 km north of Balikpapan and less than one degree north of the equator. After this exploration period KPC relinquished all but 1,962 km{sup 2} of the original agreement area. In its simplest form, the mining operation can be described as: a series of open pits, coal preparation facilities, 13.7 km of overland conveyor to the coast, and a marine terminal capable of handling bulk carriers of up to 200K dwt. The remote location necessities a fully supportive infrastructure, including a power station, housing, schools, hospitals, water supply, and recreational facilities. In 1994 the mine produced 10M mt coal of which 70% was Prima coal, one of the highest quality internationally traded thermal coals.},
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