Anglo American Moranbah North mine. Picture Tara Miko
Anglo American Moranbah North mine. Picture Tara Miko

Moranbah North mine in limbo after evacuation

The cause of elevated gas levels which sparked an evacuation at a Central Queensland mine remains unknown, the mining regulator says.

A potential spontaneous heating event in a longwall panel raised the alarm at Anglo American’s Moranbah North Mine overnight Saturday.

In an update issued late Thursday, a Resources Safety and Health Queensland spokeswoman said it was continuing to monitor the situation at the mine.

“A mines inspector has attended site and discussed with the mine’s management its progress on identifying the cause of the elevated gas levels experienced at the weekend,” the spokeswoman said.

“The suspension of operations remains in place at this time as the mine’s investigations continue.”

Anglo American was contacted for comment.

It is understood workers will continue to be paid while operations remain halted.

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate issued a directive to the mine operator suspending all operations underground until the site senior executive could demonstrate the risk was at an acceptable level for coal mine workers to return underground.

More stories:

Tragic 60 seconds: Mine blast findings released

Grosvenor miners injured in blast take steps to recovery

‘Traumatic time’: Grosvenor Mine blast victim speaks out

In a statement on Monday, an Anglo spokeswoman said internal and external experts were assessing various information sources to more accurately determine the cause of the event.

“At the time of the incident, we had been mining through some particularly challenging geology and every precaution was being taken,” she said.

“The conclusions from the expert review of the incident will inform a comprehensive risk assessment prior to re-entry, which will require regulatory approval.”

Subscriber benefits:

How to activate your free Courier-Mail subscription

How to get Daily Mercury news straight to your inbox

Your dose of Harry Bruce cartoons


Exciting new digital future for CQ News

Premium Content Exciting new digital future for CQ News

Our new website platform will lead to faster load times, quicker coverage of...

Man injured in crash on Capricorn Highway near Comet

Premium Content Man injured in crash on Capricorn Highway near Comet

Initial reports indicate one person was injured during the incident.

Two people injured in crash on CQ highway

Premium Content Two people injured in crash on CQ highway

Paramedics were called to the incident near a town in the central west.