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A significant supplier of coal in Western Australia for almost a century.

Griffin Coal has almost a century’s history as a key player in the Western Australian coal industry. Recognised as an energy supplier and employer of first choice, Griffin Coal’s strong foundations have made the Company a prominent contributor to Western Australia’s energy supply and a significant player in the coal industry.

Throughout its history, Griffin Coal has been based at the Collie Basin, in the south west of Western Australia. The Company’s origins can be traced back to 1923, when a private syndicate was formed to develop coal leases to the south of Collie to supply coal to Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR). Four years later Griffin Coal was formed from this syndicate.

Establishing its prominence in the Western Australian coal industry, Griffin Coal was involved in coal supply for WAGR until being awarded a share in the supply of coal to a major Western Australian power station in 1960.

Griffin Coal has grown to become one of the largest coal suppliers in Western Australia producing over 3 million tonnes of coal annually.

A proactive supporter of the Collie community throughout its history, Griffin Coal is one of the largest employers in Collie and one of the largest economic contributors to the community. The Company operates mines in Collie 24 hours a day, 363 days per year.

Timeline

1923 – Private syndicate formed to develop coal leases to the south of Collie to supply coal to Western Australian
Government Railways (WAGR).

1925 – The Western Australian Coal Mining Briquetting and By-Product Company Ltd was formed.

1927 – Two years later it changed its name to The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd, supplying coal to ships,
railways and the WA goldfields.

1931 – Small railway contract granted.

1953 – Open cut mining work commences at Muja Mine.

1954 – Deep mining commences at Muja Mine to extract the Hebe Seam.

1960 – Griffin Coal wins major share of the coal supply to Muja Power Station, a new power station to be operated
by Western Australia’s only electricity provider, Western Power (now Verve).

1965 – Deep mining ceases at Muja after water floods mine.

1966 – Griffin Coal makes its first international coal export of 3,000 tonnes of coal to Japan.

1970 – Final year Griffin Coal supplies coal to WAGR.

1982 – Open cut mining commences at Chicken Creek.

1996 – Mining commences at Ewington II mine.

2006 – Development of Ewington I mine.

2009 – Mining commences at Ewington I mine.

2011 – Griffin Coal purchased by Lanco Infratech, through Australian subsidiary Lanco Resources Australia Pty Ltd.

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