Coal discovery in WA could power the Pilbara
Gold miner and exploration company, Northern Star, has made a significant coal discovery in Western Australia’s Pilbara that could see the company develop a major base load power station in the region.
The find was made just 60km from Paraburdoo and 100km from the company’s Paulsens Gold Mine.
Initial drilling indicates thick thermal coal intersections of up to 65m recorded in eight holes along a 7km strike, four of which ended in coal.
The company says initial analysis shows the coal would be suitable for fuelling a major base load power station and may also be amenable for a coal-to-liquids project which could supply diesel to the Pilbara.
The company says it will remain focused on gold and plans to optimise the coal assets via one of several options such as joint venture.