The Isaac Plains CHPP is located in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, Australia approximately 18km west of Coppabella on the Peak Downs highway, and 150km south west of Mackay.
The 4 Mt/y Coking, PCI and Thermal coal mine, processing and rail loading facility was jointly owned by Brazilian miner Vale and Japanese trader Sumitomo and operated 24 hours per day 365 days per year.
Ausenco was initially contracted to provide full operations and maintenance services to the coal handling and preparation plant. Ausenco's contract was extended until 2016 but in September 2014 the mine's owners announced that the mine would be placed on "care and maintenance" early in 2015, in response to the downturn of the international coal market.
Included within Ausenco's scope of the operations was the management of the 500 t/h CHPP, ROM, belt press filter system, reclaim tunnel, rejects and stockpiles, mobile equipment, full on-site laboratory, train load out facility, utilities and training, staff and support services.